Who'll be Mr. Surf City? Pageant contestants are seeking donations and attention

Let the primping, posturing and prepping begin.

Seven men from Huntington Beach will vie for the title of Mr. Surf City 2014 in the pageant's inaugural year.

The candidates include an avid hunter, an actor and a retired police sergeant.

The magnificent seven will represent nonprofits and compete to be king through a talent competition and modeling of swimwear and formal wear on Oct. 24 at the Huntington Beach restaurant Fuzion. Each contestant will don a sash bearing the name of the organization he is representing.

Before the pageant, the contestants will attend city events to drum up attention and donations — because in the end, money will speak louder than pretty gams.

The event will not only raise money for the organizations but also help celebrate 100 years of surfing at the Huntington Beach Pier and draw attention to the hope for world peace.

"For our first year, we have the best set of contestants," said pageant director Jeanne Hexem-Thomas, who started the annual Mr. Fountain Valley pageant. "They're high-profile people in the community, and I think it will add to the show."

Hexem-Thomas expects 400 people to attend the night of talent, laughs and music.

The candidates, who will go head-to-head in front of a panel of judges, are:

•Huntington Beach motor officer Corwin Bales representing the Huntington Beach Police Officers Assn. 9/11 Memorial. Bales received the Medal of Courage after shooting a suspect during a pursuit.

•Bob "The Greek" Bolen, supporting the International Surfing Museum. Bolen started surfing in Huntington Beach in 1958 and opened Surfboards by the Greek on Ocean Avenue in 1960. He opened Huntington Surf & Sport in 1978.

•Adam Bowermaster, a graduate of Huntington Beach High School and owner of Bowermaster & Associates Insurance Inc. will represent the Kiwanis Club of Huntington Beach. Bowermaster served as past president of the Kiwanis Club.

•Andy Glade, a Nebraska native who moved to Huntington Beach and works with Heritage-Dilday Memorial Services. Glade is helping Waggin' Trails Rescue Foundation, an organization transporting neglected animals scheduled for death to animal shelters for adoption.

•John Domingo, a Huntington Beach resident since 1969, who was hired by the Huntington Beach Police Department in 1992 and has worked patrol, beach and narcotics. He was promoted to sergeant in 1994 and lieutenant in 2008. Domingo will represent Project Self-Sufficiency, an organization supporting low-income single parents working toward educational goals.

•Jim Katapodis, the newest member of the Huntington Beach City Council, who also is chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Committee. Katapodis will represent the Huntington Beach Council on Aging, an organization giving Huntington Beach seniors access to services, programs and education.

•Chuck Stubbings, who will represent the Huntington Beach Firefighters Assn. Stubbings, who was raised in Chicago and toured the country with Ringling Brothers as a circus performer, moved to Huntington Beach and became a firefighter and paramedic. He entertains sick children in pediatric cancer wards. The organization chose Stubbings for his background.

"It's a great way to raise funds, and the Fire Department tries to do as much as we can," he said. "It looks like a lot of fun."

Stubbings says he has no fears when it comes to the swimsuit competition.

"I look fantastic in a two-piece," he said.

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