Huntington Beach Surfing: Longboard Crew Club
Huntington Beach Longboard Crew
If you share a love of surfing, and specifically longboard surfing, or if you live in Huntington Beach or nearby and just love the sport of surfing but have never surfed, you still can join this fun club.
While all folks are welcome to join, the activities that surround monthly meetings at Mario's Restaurants at 5 Points Plaza Huntington Beach Shopping Center surround longboard surfing. The club meets each month for dinner and to discuss issues or events. In addition, several club surfing events are held annually.
As if he didn't have enough on his plate, club director, Gary Sahagen, also runs many of the operations at the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum. Gary holds down a full time job but has a passion for surfing and knowledge that many say is tops. When there's a question about surfing and surfers, museum staff and volunteers usually turn to Gary for answers.
So if surfing sounds like fun and you want to take up the art of longboarding, just show up at one of the dinner meetings to meet some new friends and learn more about the local longboard surfing scene. There are several longboard surfing competitions held in the Southern California region and the club does an annual paddle out which used to be on January 1, but was held on Super Bowl Sunday in 2008 to coincide with a marathon. longboardcrew.org provides photos of the the family of friends who love this form of surfing that involves using surfboards much longer than today's shorter, aerodynamic versions (kind of like the old skis that were long and today's skis that are much shorter).
One more event we should mention that the Longboard Crew does as a club project each year is the effort in honor of Blackie August. The surfer was an ambassador to Mexico.
This calendar does not guarantee accuracy of information as events are subject to change.
Huntington Beach Events
Surfing in Huntington Beach
You can surf with just a board that you rent, but the water is fairly cold most the year. Wetsuits will help quite a bit when fighting the 58 degree winter water temps.
Surfboards are somewhat pricey, so you may want to rent and take lessons to see if you even like the sport.
One place that offers the full package...surfing gear and lessons, is Zack's next to the Huntington Beach Pier. Call them and set up a time for a lesson: (714) 536-0215