By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times staff writers
The sun wasn’t the only bright thing on the sand at Huntington Beach for last weekend’s finals of the Hurley U.S. Open of Surfing. Near nuclear neon hues of pink, orange and yellow radiated from board shorts, bikini bottoms, cheap sunglasses (a $5-a-pair booth sold retro Ray-Ban styles with flip-up lenses) and hats.
It’s “Fakies” (fake Fendis) for Kiele Brown, 20, left. Lovelle Pulizzi, 17, opts for Juicy Couture.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Many of the latter bobbed through the throngs in a blaze of orange thanks to the branding mojo of Nike 6.0, which has co-opted the color as its signature and was handing out swooshed trucker caps and handkerchiefs to the masses. The 6, by the way, represents the sub-brands six-sport focus: surf, snowboard, BMX, motocross, wake-boarding and free ski.
Patrik Haley, 16, of Long Beach shows off his neon Billabong board shorts.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
The beach scene also served up what seems to be a new trend in undressing young girls wearing super-short jean shorts unzipped, unbuttoned and folded down over bikini bottoms. It was shockingly sexually suggestive.
Alexis Dupré, 19, of Aliso Viejo dons an OP bikini and vintage sunglasses.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Where did this trend come from? We just copy our friends, said a trio of teen girls. When asked if their parents objected, the response was incredulous stares.
Taylor Stanton, 18, left, and Josh Sturges, 17, both of Fountain Valley, and Ben Sturges, 14, of San Jose wear sunglasses they bought at a sunglass stand at the beach. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Maybe its actually the revenge of the muffin-top girl. Leaving the shorts unzipped and unbuttoned minimizes stomach spillover then again, so would buying a larger pair of shorts.
In Kiss sunglasses, Karch Gajdos, 18, left, and brother Trey, 16, both of Alpine, Utah.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)