Surf City again lives up to its name with a weekend of fun, competition

Just six weeks after the U.S. Open of Surfing wrapped up, Huntington Beach was at it again Saturday and Sunday with another big annual surf-related event, Surf City Days.

But in contrast with the U.S. Open, which welcomes the world's best professional surfers, Surf City Days, presented by the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District, is intended to let locals "take back the beach" with a weekend of surfing, volleyball, paddleboarding, skateboarding and more.

The 44th annual Huntington Beach City Surf Contest spanned both days for people who live in the Huntington Beach Union High School District.

The California Beach Volleyball Assn. pitched in for a two-day volleyball tournament.

On Saturday, pro skateboarders hosted the third annual Old Skool Skate contest, while water competitors tested their surfing and stand-up paddleboard skills in the Surf Race to Victory.

There also were demos of surfboards, wetsuits and other gear, a Green Forum and Expo focusing on topics such as water conservation, organic products and energy efficiency, a fitness challenge and live music.

--Rob Vardon