What'd you miss this weekend? It was a long one for us, full of what Orange County has come be known for (partially, at least): Action sports! We celebrated Brett Simpson's (right) second win at the U.S. Open of Surfing, checked out Weezer and Hot Hot Heat's performances at the beach, ate tons of tiny little crustaceans at the Long Beach Crawfish Festival. Then we headed over to the Maloof Money Cup finals at the Orange County Fairgrounds. Finally, we documented the National Lifeguard Championships in Huntington Beach. Phew. After the jump: Photos and more!
The 2010 U.S. Open of Surfing kicked off its nine-day run on July 31, 2010, welcoming surfers, skaters and BMXers of all ages. The week also brought musical performances from Switchfoot, Weezer, Hot Hot Heat, the Cold War Kids and more. Click here to read our cover story on two-time U.S. Open of Surfing Champ Brett Simpson! And for the photos by John Gilhooley, click here.
From August 5-8, 2010, the 2010 Maloof Money Cup took place at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa. The Maloof Money Cup has the largest prize in the history of pro-skateboarding with over $450,000 in cash prizes. The vert ramp finals and pro-street semi-finals took place on August 7. Pierre-Luc Gagnon won for the second consecutive year. As I Lay Dying and Ludacris also performed. See the full slideshow here.
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The 17th annual Long Beach Crawfish Festival took place at Rainbow Lagoon on August 7-8, 2010. See the photos here.
More than 1,000 men, women and youth lifeguards from across the U.S. competed for individual and team honors August 5-7, 2010 at Huntington State Beach. California Professional lifeguards ranging in age from 18-75 and junior lifeguards from 9-17 competed in water and beach-course events that challenge their lifesaving skills in a variety of events from surf swims to beach runs and paddleboards to surf boats, including the Landline Rescue Relay, Ironman and Ironwoman events and Beach Flags, "the fastest event on sand." See the pics here.