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Surf spots get spooky with costumed wave riders

 

Two surfers dressed as the devil for their Halloween costumes celebrate Halloween Southern California style as they hold hands while riding a wave just north of the Newport Beach Pier in Newport Beach during the 18th annual Blackies Halloween Surf event on Saturday, October 30, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

It’s a Southern California style of celebrating Halloween, riding waves while decked out in crazy costumes.

Across Orange County, spooky surfers had a blast Saturday putting on a show for spectators who lined the beach to watch the wave riders’ costumes get thrashed.

It was no matter, these events are all about bringing the Halloween festivities to the water.

Surfers dressed in Halloween costumes celebrate Halloween Southern California style as they stop to chat before riding the waves just north of the Newport Beach Pier in Newport Beach during the 18th annual Blackies Halloween Surf event on Saturday, October 30, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The longest running costumed surfing event happens at Blackies in Newport Beach, now going on 18 years. The grassroots event started with just a few people and grew through the years, originally put on by the Blackies Classic Longboard Association with judges and awards handed out to participants.

While the longboard group hasn’t been active the past few years, the gathering still lives on with dozens of people, many of them parents with their  kids, showing up to ride waves in costumes.

On the sand, spectators chuckle at the sights, snapping photos and watching the wave riders goof off. It’s the one time of year when party waves, with more than one surfer on a wave, are encouraged.

Down in Dana Point, two events brought  costumed surfers on the water. In the harbor, stand-up paddlers hit the water during the Harbor Hoot paddle event. Another costume surf event, the Nightmare on Wax, happened at the Boneyards surf break at Doheny State Beach. It was a fundraiser and barbecue put on by the Doheny Longboard Surfing Association.

In San Clemente, a group of costumed surfers gathered north of the pier near the clock tower, a smaller gathering that brought Halloween fun to the southernmost Orange County beach town.

If you missed the fun, the Wahine Kai Women’s Surf Club will be gathering Sunday morning, Oct. 31, to catch waves at Bolsa Chica State Beach Tower 20.

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