Doheny Surf Festival Day 1 - Doheny State Beach - 8/11/12

Tandem surfers are always a crowd pleaser on Saturday August 11th 2012 at the Doheny Surf Festival. 
Tandem surfers are always a crowd pleaser on Saturday August 11th 2012 at the Doheny Surf Festival. 
Jackie Connor


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Under the rays of sweltering August heat, musicians, vendors and crowds caked in sunscreen  arrived at the Doheny Surf Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. The two-day festival raises awareness about the importance of California state parks, showcases local surf and skate vendors and features bands from local group Aloha Radio to Common Sense and other top-billed acts like Fishbone, ALO, Everlast and Eddie Money throughout the weekend. With enough aloha hippie spirit to charm even the grumpiest local, the crowds gravitate towards the surf (which was firing) more than the vendors or the shows. You could still hear the music from the water...er, um, not like I surfed or anything.


Friendliest Vibes: Le Blorr

Le Blorr Lead Singer Chris Hess at the Doheny Surf Festival Saturday August 11th 2012.
Le Blorr Lead Singer Chris Hess at the Doheny Surf Festival Saturday August 11th 2012.
Jackie Connor

Florida-based band Le Blorr, otherwise known as The Bastard Lovechild of Rock and Roll, showcased their charging, synth-laden inde-pop sounds to the small crowd. "We are booty-shaking psychedelic rock and roll," Le Blorr drummer Adam Winn told the Weekly. "We just like to have fun and be friendly, being an asshole isn't cool." Although the lead singer Chris Hess thanked the people watching after every song with his gentle voice, he still turned up the vocals and rocked the sandals off the small-but-mighty crowd.

Strongest Vocals: Paula Fuga


Paul Fuga displays powerful Hawaiian vocals at the Doheny Surf Festival on Saturday August 11th, 2012.
Paul Fuga displays powerful Hawaiian vocals at the Doheny Surf Festival on Saturday August 11th, 2012.
Jackie Connor

Hawaiian musician Paula Fuga sent chills down my over-heated bod when her strong, soulful voice blasted through the speakers. Her fined-tuned notes also came with a soothing, eloquent tone that resonated over the crowd. Rhythm guitarist Mike Love, who was also jamming with Fuga, carried strong, tenor-esque vocals as well. Island vibes abound in her sound.

Best Food Truck: Chomp Chomp Nation

The Chomp Chomp food truck featured a softshell crab sandwich with taro root chips at the Doheny Surf Festival on Saturday, August 11th 2012.
The Chomp Chomp food truck featured a softshell crab sandwich with taro root chips at the Doheny Surf Festival on Saturday, August 11th 2012.
Jackie Connor

Among the array of food trucks with unique creations and flavors, Chomp Chomp Nation showcased a variety of flavors that seemed to attract crowds. The softshell crab sandwich with Taro Root chips and Tiger slaw, a homemade veggie and fruit slaw mixed with a lemongrass vinaigrette, complete on a brioche bun kept patrons coming back for more. The lime and chili flavors were, as always, a tasty palate pleaser. 

Best Energy: The Originalites

Huntington Beach's ska-reggae band The Originalites gives the crowd some energy at the Doheny Surf Festival on Saturday, August 11th, 2012.
Huntington Beach's ska-reggae band The Originalites gives the crowd some energy at the Doheny Surf Festival on Saturday, August 11th, 2012.
Jackie Connor

Among the array of food trucks with unique creations and flavors, Chomp Chomp Nation showcased a variety of flavors that seemed to attract crowds. The softshell crab sandwich with Taro Root chips and Tiger slaw, a homemade veggie and fruit slaw mixed with a lemongrass vinaigrette, complete on a brioche bun kept patrons coming back for more. The lime and chili flavors were, as always, a tasty palate pleaser. 
 
Longest Dreadlocks: Mike Love
Mike Love
Mike Love
Paula Fuga's Facebook

Mike Love, rhythm guitarist for Paula Fuga, somehow grew long blonde dreadlocks that barely grazed his shins. While setting up the stage, I watched Love as he effortlessly moved boxes, cables and guitars without the slightest concern of entanglement.

Most Old School: The Eliminators

The Eliminators kept the old-school surf stoke alive at the Doheny Surf Festival on Saturday, August 11th, 2012.
The Eliminators kept the old-school surf stoke alive at the Doheny Surf Festival on Saturday, August 11th, 2012.
Jackie Connor
 When I first arrived, The Eliminators covered the Pulp Fiction soundtrack favorite "Bring Out the Gimp/Comache" which fit perfectly among the old-school longboards and woody  wagons. The bright guitar and classic tunes created an air of nostalgia among the crowd. Listening to the tunes while watching longboarders score great nose rides was enough to make me want to grab my own single-fin, vintage bathing suit and paddle out.


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