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Photo Gallery: Blessing of the Waves in Huntington Beach

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The Rev. Scott Borgman of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Newport Beach sprinkles holy water on the seaside audience by waving a palm frond during Sunday’s Blessing of the Waves ceremony near the Huntington Beach Pier.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The Rev. Scott Borgman blesses the crowd with holy water during Sunday’s Blessing of the Waves ceremony near the Huntington Beach Pier.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The Rev. Scott Borgman ventures into the surf  by the Huntington Beach Pier for the annual Blessing of the Waves on Sunday.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The Rev. Amy Yoon of Surf City Church in Huntington Beach speaks during Blessing of the Waves ceremony.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Sikh community speaker Jasdeep Singh Mann offers a prayer during the Blessing of the Waves ceremony Sunday in Huntington Beach.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The Holy Hula Whahines of late pastor Blaine “Sumo” Sato’s H2O Community Church perform at Sunday’s Blessing of the Waves ceremony in Huntington Beach.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The Rev. Father Scott Borgman speaks at the Blessing of the Waves on Sunday in Huntington Beach, flanked by empty chairs reflecting the absence of the late Blaine “Sumo” Sato and the Rev. Christian Mondor, both of whom were mainstays of the annual ceremony.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Huntington Beach Junior Lifeguards listen to the Rev. Scott Borgman during Sunday’s Blessing of the Waves ceremony.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Muslim community speaker Maria Khani addresses the audience Sunday during the Blessing of the Waves ceremony in Huntington Beach.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The Rev. James Pike of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Huntington Beach speaks during the Blessing of the Waves ceremony Sunday.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Local surf star and store owner Rick “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti pays tribute to the late surfing pastor Blaine “Sumo” Sato during the Blessing of the Waves ceremony Sunday in Huntington Beach.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Duke Ai Pa blows on a conch shell while Rabbi David Young blows a ram’s horn shofar, the traditional instrument of Rosh Hashanah, during Sunday’s Blessing of the Waves in Huntington Beach.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Crew 52 plays at Sunday’s Blessing of the Waves ceremony in Huntington Beach.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Marsha Rechsteiner, left, president of the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council, receives a lei from Tina Toulouse at the Blessing of the Waves ceremony Sunday in Huntington Beach.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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