Surf Bros Must Die

A special report on how to keep the U.S. Open of Surfing riot-free

Surf Bros Must Die
Illustration: Luke McGarry | Design: Dustin Ames

I was in a shitty hotel in Amarillo, Texas, trying to get some sleep after 17 hours on the road, when I received a text from web editor Taylor Hamby.

"Riots at the U.S. Open of Surfing" in Huntington Beach, she wrote. "Absolute chaos."

The first thought I had was why do OC riots always happen when I'm on vacation? My second thought: Again? Third: DUH. Fact is, no city is more closely associated with riots than Surf City, usually caused by errant bros after one surfing event or other. And while it's fun to see melees on the 10 o'clock news that harm only windows, it's not constructive in the long run.

That's why officials from the U.S. Open, the Huntington Beach Police Department and City Hall have joined together to change the atmosphere of the town during the event. More emphasis on sports, less on the scene. No alcohol on the beach. Less of a party in the streets. And keep anyone who's not interested far, far away on the Balboa Peninsula.

It's a move that has support among longtime surfers, residents and news racks, as you'll read in the stories that follow. But Huntington Beach's riotous past, present and future is hard to shake—so if you see some tatted-up guy in shades wailing on a guy who looks like him, with both mouthing off to cops, don't say we didn't warn you. Have a great U.S. Open! Drink responsibly—and don't riot, por favor. Leave that for Anacrime. . . .

 

*     *    *     MORE IN THIS SPECIAL REPORT     *     *     *

"The Surf This Time" by Courtney Hamilton

 

"Cops vs. Bros" by Nick Schou

 

"'Bros, Stay the Fuck Away'" by Gustavo Arellano

 

"True Watermen" by Moss Perricone

 
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argentator
argentator

There's my little brother Gustavo "La Raza Racist" Arellanyo -  WHAT UP BITCH?

I hate you're fucking little ass  - you know that little brother?

mhip
mhip

I once got to see some unreleased footage from "the big one".

Well after the police told everyone to disperse, they formed a skirmish line and started walking up the pier in riot gear. People were jumping over the side to avoid getting the wood shampoo.

downtownbrown
downtownbrown

Waiting for the story "Why Vato Locos Must Die".

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

I saw a guy arrested in front of me for having a juice bottle that had alcohol in it. The cops slapped the cuffs on him as he ran into me.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"The cops are criminals and violate the laws while they are on duty and are being paid for it".

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Too much authority from the authority figures, just remember they burned Rome down to the ground for this very thing and their emperor was killed by his own constituents.

mannybanny
mannybanny

"Surf Bros" Gustavo?

Kyle Roger Crott, 18, of Riverside

Luis Enrique Rodriguez, 18, of Anaheim

Michael John Lytle, 30, of Anaheim

Andres Gomez, 24, of Huntington Beach

Michael Anthony Avila, 28, of Santa Ana

Joseph Monterrosa, 28, of Ontario

Adam A. Cecot, 18, of Irvine

Chase Scott Christman, 19, of Simi Valley

are these "tatted-up guys in shades wailing on a guy who looks like him"

Looks like a fair number of 909 & inland OC "Bros". 

wallywharton1
wallywharton1

We need to get these guys down to our southern border to stop this new "wave" of little gangbangers coming across from Central America-- THAT'S where we could use a little constructive "discouragement," so to speak...

Adolfo Rene Morales
Adolfo Rene Morales

Gustavo, I´ve been living in Costa Rica for a year. If you go to the facebook page of the Federacion de surf de Costa Rica, you´ll see a multi cultural reality hispanic, black and white (kids of americans who settled here) professional surfers. Why does California surfing not have a similar diversity?????

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

I don't go anywhere near downtown HB as a general rule...and I've lived here my whole life. The last straw was the bro yelling at the woman with a stroller for walking down Main Street on a sunday afternoon...he was blocking the sidewalk waiting to get into some bar and got mad because she got annoyed at having to ask him to move THREE TIMES.

weirdough
weirdough

Well hopefully there won't be too many dumbf*cks to make HBP ruin the fun but hey, the trees are greener on the other note lol ;)



@sweetliberty17761776 : well your 2 cents won't get you a dollar back, also, your comment isn't revelant to the story but if you want to blame "Obamaworld," maybe you should research the "Bushworld" & other not-so-great presidents before him. 


SMH, its sad you're a top commenter yet all it looks like is a rant.... where are the intellectual ones, I'll bet my bottom dollar for your opinions


Mario Orofino
Mario Orofino

Lucio good, maybe fans can have fun with out worry about the @&$@ heads.

Joel White
Joel White

You guys are Troma fans I take it?

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

until the government stops allowing criminals back out on the streets /not going to happen


stops wiping /sealing their records ///// not going to happen


stops giving welfare to the baby making no father in the household/////not going to happen


just enjoy the obamaworld that has been created 

Lisa Fletcher
Lisa Fletcher

I get Gustavo's article is supposed to be funny but it's just weird.

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tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

@weirdough @sweetliberty17761776  Bush was an idiot because he invaded the wrong countries because of "Project for a New American Century that stated that they wanted to invade 7 countries in 5 years that never occurred and the soldiers used his book called 'Decision Points' as toilet paper in the latrines in Iraq because they know where he lied 444+ times. He did absolutely nothing in regards to the attacks of the World Trade Centers on 9/11/2001. 

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@weirdough 

I think "Top Commenter" applies to the frequency with which one makes comments. I have the moniker as well...but I don't know if I'm necessarily "tops". ;-)

 

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

@sweetliberty17761776  The cops are criminals and violate the laws while they are on duty and are being paid for it.

weirdough
weirdough

@tongue_twister_for_tt- um, thanks for YOUR 2 cents as well. However, You've must not seen the point that I was making; never even brought up 9/11 if you NOTICED. -_- your comment is irrevelant to this report.... lol really, I'm not siding with anything but clearly just calling it like I see it. Enough said!

 
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