Each summer, Surf City USA hosts the US Open of Surfing, the world’s largest surf competition and lifestyle festival. Held July 25-August 2 at the Huntington Beach Pier, the annual Vans US Open attracts over half a million people. In addition to surfing, the nine-day festival includes skateboarding and BMX competitions, live music, movie premiers, fashion shows, and product demos from on-site industry sponsors, transforming the beach into one of pro surfing’s greatest stages. As many surf aficionados know the best waves often come before the crack of dawn, so plan on some early mornings sessions. All events are free and open to the public.
With 185 miles of legendary coastline, Southern California is known as the capital of US surfing. From the long rides of Rincon to the barrels of Black’s Beach, Southern California is home to some of the most notable surf spots. We began to wonder where these avid SoCal wave seekers hang their board shorts when they aren’t out hanging ten.
In honor of the Vans US Open, we’ve put together a roundup of surf-ready pads waxed and primed for any Big Kahuna’s endless summer.
Posed above an excellent surf break in the heart of Del Mar, what better way to rinse away the sand after a long day at the beach than with an outdoor shower.
154 Little Orphan Alley, Del Mar | $3,625,000
This landmark Santa Barbara-style villa sits on the sand in the exclusive enclave of Shaw’s Cove. There’s even a lifeguard chair to check out the surf.
989 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach | $17,995,000
Even surfers like to just sit back and admire the view from the time to time- relaxing in an outdoor spa makes it even better. Plus, if a set happens to roll in, the sand is just a few steps away.
33634 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu | $14,500,000
A flat day can be a surfer’s worst nightmare, but you can harness that sense of adventure and adrenaline by watching a classic surfing flick in the private 16-person home theater. Our favorites are Endless Summer, Big Wednesday, and Step into Liquid, just to name a few.
There’s also a 100-gallon saltwater fish tank so you’ll never miss your ocean friends.
1828 Spindrift, La Jolla | $21,900,000
Corona del Mar
Incorporating the natural beauty of the ocean by using glass sliding pocket doors and driftwood finish vaulted beamed ceilings, this surfer’s paradise showcases panoramic views of the sand, surf, and jetty from the beachfront deck.
3140 Breakers Drive, Corona del Mar | $5,200,000