The Surf City USA Marathon creates a
fun, relaxing race atmosphere. This
exclusive oceanfront course is a
California Dream! Run on Pacific
Coast Highway past the famous
Huntington Beach pier and wind
through the legendary surfing
beaches of Southern California.
Retro surf bands entertain along the
way and the Finish Line Festival
includes a beach side beer garden in
the California sun.
Huntington Beach is the site of the
world surfing championships, held in
the summer every year. The city is
often referred to as "Surf City"
because of this high profile event,
its history and culture of surfing.
It is often called the "Surfing
Capital of the World", not for the
height of the waves, but rather for
the consistent quality of surf.
Gordon Duane established the city's
first surf shop, Gordie's
Surfboards, in 1955.
Huntington Beach is also a popular
destination for kite surfing, and
this sport can be viewed on the
beach northwest of the pier.
Huntington Beach is the host city of
the National Professional Paintball
League Super 7 Paintball
Championships. The NPPL holds its
first event of the year
traditionally between the dates of
March 23 through March 26.
Huntington Beach hosts the annual
Surf City USA Marathon and
Half-Marathon, which is usually held
on the first Sunday of February.