A Riot Broke Out At The U.S. Open Of Surfing

“I really honestly didn’t think stuff like this happened in the OC,” one witness told the Associated Press. Not mellow.

1. This is Huntington Beach, Calif., a seaside city and popular tourist spot, often referred to as Surf City USA.

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2. On Sunday, the U.S. Open of Surfing ended with a victory for Alejo Muniz, the first Brazilian to win the eight-day competition.

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3. Soon after, a fight broke out amongst a “rowdy group of young men,” witnesses told the Los Angeles Times.


4. Then the rioting began.


From the Associated Press:

The crowd pulled down a stop sign, and a man used it to smash the front window of a bicycle shop, which was then looted. Other people brawled, threw bottles, toppled portable toilets, rocked a city truck and threw a chair into a fountain.

Another pic from downtown HB tonight.

— Scott (@LinckHB)



Another pic from downtown HB tonight.

Looters used this stop sign to break the windows in at Easyrider, a bicycle and skateboard shop.

“You see a mob of people running up the street,” said Bert Etheredge, a salesman … “That’s when we decided to shut down the shop and turn off all the lights, lock everything and kind of go into hiding, if you will.”

Surf, sun , sand and wait for it..... a mini riot following the U.S. Open of Surfing.

— Marc Martin (@latpix)

Marc Martin


Surf, sun , sand and wait for it….. a mini riot following the U.S. Open of Surfing.

9. Police reportedly used tear gas and nonlethal ammunition to break up the riot. Several people suffered minor injuries, according to the AP.

Richard Koehler / AP

10. The crowd dispersed by 9:30 p.m., police told the Times. Eight people were arrested.

Richard Koehler / AP

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