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Vans US Open Day 9: USA Dominates

Posted by melissa kandel on August 7, 2017 in Huntington Beach, Orange County, surfing | No Comments

USA dominated during the home stretch of Vans US Open of Surfing. Sage Erickson (Ojai, Calif.) nabbed her first Championship Tour victory in a heated battle against Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb. With this clutch win on home-state turf, Erickson jumps from the No. 9 to No. 6 on the Jeep Leaderboard … and the nostalgia of […]

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Vans US Open Days 7 & 8: That Time I Got into VIP

He was tall and lanky with a dark whiff of a beard. If not for the logo emblazoned on his shirt, it would’ve been hard to know he was a beef jerky salesman at all. The woman next to him was upset, and understandably so. Her arms were crossed, brows knit, curly-haired head bowed disapprovingly […]

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Vans U.S. Open Day 6: Final Four Locked In & Ready

The waves tempered off as morning turned to afternoon in Huntington Beach but a three-to-five foot swell was enough for Vans U.S. Open of Surfing competitors to find their rhythm in the water. 

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Vans U.S. Open of Surfing Day 4: Clean Waves and French Upsets

The weather may have been a grayish overcast but the waves at Huntington Beach for day 4 of Vans U.S. Open of Surfing were clean, four-to-five foot gems, just right for the world’s surfing elite to perform and impress.

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Vans U.S. Open Day 3: The Tale of a Near-Perfect Ride And More

High-performance surfing marked day 3 of the Vans U.S. Open as competitors reveled in a four-to-five-foot swell that filled the south side of Huntington Beach Pier. Events on tap for Monday included Rounds 1 and 2 of the Men’s Qualifying Series 10,000 and Women’s Championship Tour Trial. Jérémy Florès of France, winner of the 2010 […]

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Taco Tuesday at El Mercado Modern Cuisine is a Game Changer

Posted by melissa kandel on May 25, 2017 in food, Orange County | No Comments

The day: Tuesday. The time: 8 p.m. (ish). The mission: Tacos. We stepped out of our Uber and arrived at an empty parking lot in downtown Santa Ana. To our immediate left, bright street art, painted with neon abandon along one side of a stout, brick building. Strings of street lights twinkled up the otherwise dark corner, a […]

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California Wine Festival: Legend of the Local Grape

There’s always a palpable tension when attending any wine festival that’s equal parts intimidating and exhilarating. Will you say something weird about the legs of the wine and have to run to an entirely different section of the festival because of that weird thing you just said? Will you bump into a man wearing a […]

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