More Arrests Pending in U.S. Open of Surfing Riots as Police Identify Those Facing Charges

See Update No. 5 on Page 4 with the police chief saying more vandals have been identified and will soon be arrested as his department releases the names and charges against those already arrested. Update No. 4 at the bottom of Page 3 is on the U.S. Open of Surfing organizer being "saddened" by the riots, the city hosting a press conference on the violence this afternoon and a social media campaign aimed at outing one vandal. Update No. 3 on Page 3 has police seeking photos and video (like what's higher up on the same page) so they can possibly add to the arrest total of eight. Page 2 has photos from the scene and Update No. 2 on what police initially posted on their Facebook page. Update No. 1 after the jump has witness accounts.

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ORIGINAL POST, JULY 28, 8:55 P.M.: Police in riot gear and holding batons are being illuminated by police helicopters flying overhead as downtown Huntington Beach resembles a war zone at this hour.

Department officials, who are calling this a "major event," say a large group of rowdy people refused to leave after the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing ended around 5 p.m., leading to public rioting.

No injuries have been reported, but some property has apparently been damaged.

See also:
* 6 Possible Sparks to the Riots That Broke Out After the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing Ended
* The Huntington Beach Surf Riot: A New Perspective
* 25 Years Ago Today, the Op Pro in Huntington Beach Erupted in Riots [VIDEO]

A caller to KTLA/Channel 5 News claims closures around PCH, Main Street and First Street happened after someone apparently stole an item or items from a store. This was followed by fighting in front of a liquor store.

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Facebook/Huntington Beach Police Department
Crowds grew restless after the U.S. Open of Surfing ended Sunday evening.
Portable toilets were being tipped over by the time a line of police officers came up from the pier area to clear the streets. The caller claimed pepper-spray pellets were shot into the crowd, prompting some angered civilians to pull up stop signs.

Some of those hit will pellets screamed they had been shot, according to the caller, who added officers seemed to have moved beyond closing main streets to downtown alleys as well.

A teen later interviewed on camera near the pier said members of the rowdy group threw ketchup bottles.

UPDATE NO. 1, JULY 28, 9:30 P.M.: A witness tells the Weekly she is locked inside Gallaghers pub in downtown Huntington Beach "and it looks like the running of the bulls out there."

Tear gas has been fired into crowds, and fires have broken out, the witness adds.

A resident says the rioting has been going on for five hours and that merchants had been warning of a riot coming before things actually went south. The rioting seemed to be stirred up by a group of young men wearing bandanas.

Huntington Beach Police called in for help from Seal Beach, Fullerton and other Orange County law enforcement agencies.

Photos shot by John Gilhooley for OC Weekly are on on the next page. Videos of the chaos are on page 3.


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fc2479
fc2479

They should have sent some Anahiem cops in for target practice....would ended this crap real quick

moosington
moosington

So, are those chumps that kept yelling about the IE being to blame going to eat crow, or what?

dfc5343
dfc5343

Make it surf only and keep the trash out of HB. I saw the coward who punched the dude in the back of the head helping out at Easyrider. The other kook with the stop sign and the kook who stole the bike. All will go down. Liquid courage and apathy for an event that is based on Aloha. Sad. You never see riots at a surf contest anywhere else but here. Time for the locals to stand and fight back harder. Sakal's was in lockdown and helping the kids and ladies who got caught up in the mayhem. Good on ya HBPD. Maybe use a fire dropping helo and douse Main St. with a million gallons. Would wash the trash into the sea.

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

you call that a riot? when the Lakers won that was a riot, get it right HB chumps

jeffh1077
jeffh1077

I spent 3 days down there actually watching the surf contest. The problem had nothing to do with surf or skate contest but the trash ( and I mean white, brown and black trash) that stayed off of the sand. I also had to laugh at the people who complained about their civil rights being violated when they walked down the stairs to the venue and they had their bags search. If you read about the contest prior you would have known that the venue was considered private similar to a stadium and that bags were subject to search. Personally I had no problem with the bag search. In the three days I was there I saw at least 7-8 bags full of booze being told to take back.

I also laughed at a video I saw where a guy was complaining that he paid good money to see the contest and it was not right that he got shot at with rubber balls. Well first jack hole it was free. Second don't stick around when you know people are being idiots and the cops are goin to come.

I think they should dump the circus tent city thing behind the grandstands and just have the surf contest. This would get rid of the majority of idiots who come down to just be a part of the show. This kind of crap never happens down at trestles when they hold contests down there. If not fence off the whole venue and charge people to come in. This would eliminate the trash as well.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Lotta crow to be eaten here by a bunch of weirdos who use area codes to classify people. The people arrested thus far were all from Orange County, or the 949/714 for you idiots using area codes.

Robert Hendrix
Robert Hendrix

sad that there were riots after a surfing competition started.

Tony Bouse
Tony Bouse

Next time HBPD needs to have HBFD fight the riot with water cannons. Wash all the stink the I.E brings.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

LOL @ the HBers calling the Inland Empirers "trash"  


Now if that's not the pot calling the kettle "white".....

Joyce Chow
Joyce Chow

Was it really a surprise? A riot to commemorate the 25 year anniversary of a riot.

basketcase
basketcase

Was this actually a protest or a demonstration by beach-goers who wanted the freedom to use their beach without a curfew or controlled hours?  did they only start to get boisterous after it was demanded that they leave the beach at 5pm?  Was the HBPD aggressive use of force and physical assault on citizens the very thing generated a negative reaction from this crowd of people at the beach?  Did the HBPD need to pepper spray the public to get them to move, or did they forget who they work to serve and protect and that it is a public beach?  

Carol May
Carol May

Please keep your anarchy mob-mentality out of Huntington Beach. You are obviously not from H.B. and you are not surfers...You are not wanted here. I hope they bust every one of these morons.

Carol May
Carol May

These idiots aren't locals...they are not surfers, they don't belong here.

Judee Paine
Judee Paine

:( Morons, who like to fight and riot... go, home and stay there.

spokkersan
spokkersan

Looking at the names released so far, looks like we got a good mix of locals and out of towners. We also got some racial diversity with Caucasians and Hispanics rioting together in unity. 

spokkersan
spokkersan

It's a mix of OC and Riverside County bros, I think. These are the kind of people who make a day out of driving off a cliff on Ortega Highway on their way to/from Lake Elsinore because they were too drunk and driving too fast.

Huntington Beach looks nice but it has always been a magnet for white trash. It's like OC's version of Oceanside. Just because the city is on a beach doesn't mean its clientele is top class. Huntington Beach residents strike me as the kind of people who go into big debt just to keep up with the other bros, but their IQs do not match their nice home. It's not Newport Beach for crying out loud.


Doug298
Doug298

That sucks. Grow up, people. Events bring $$$ to your town. Don't be Dbags!

Changes Daily
Changes Daily

Keep the event (if you want) but they need to make it smaller again....HB is not built to handle these crowds..no beach can. Take out all the bike/skate/concert crap and return it to a surfing contest. OR deal with this from now on. Every other surf contest world wide functions with minimal problems and is in and out with a couple weeks (laydays and contest window)...

thesch
thesch

And people thought only black and browns knew how to riot... damn CRAZY WHITE BOYS!!! 

CAN WE ALL JUST BLAZE A JOINT AND GET ALONG..

Jerry Vazquez
Jerry Vazquez

Just 8 people. If it had been blacks and hispanics they would have beaten and arested 500 people!

Nunyo Biznuss
Nunyo Biznuss

That's part of the problem. No summer jobs for young people. My niece has applied to 20 places in 2 weeks. Nothing. Young people (especially young men) without summer jobs = trouble.

Nunyo Biznuss
Nunyo Biznuss

Not true. The first riot was 29 years ago at this very event. Cop cars were lit on fire....that's a riot. It all started at the end of the event by out of towners running along the beach and ripping girls tops off.

Nunyo Biznuss
Nunyo Biznuss

The great punk surf song... My beach My chicks My waves Go home Go home My sun My sand My surf Go home Go home Go home Go home Go home Go home Get lost

Debra F. Natera
Debra F. Natera

Have trouble looking for black guys to blame it on? lol Maybe someone can photoshop some in.

khmerog
khmerog

@Rich Lechler LOL..so true.

staggerlee_74
staggerlee_74

@jeffh1077 Well said. They should also issue permit parking only to the DT residents for the entire DT Grid for the month of July. Make the invaders park at city/state beach parking lots and hoof it.  

AmericanRobb
AmericanRobb

@jeffh1077 Dude YOU are so right. There are tons of music festivals in the summer. Go back to basics and make the US Open about Surfing so those of us who surf and enjoy watching the contest can chill and have a great time. I would love if they had absolutely NO bands whatsoever!

dfc5343
dfc5343

@vegandawg23 Get off the hairybagpipe. The 405 to the beach is sacred. Everyone else is a tourist.

spokkersan
spokkersan

@vegandawg23 One guy from Riverside and one from Simi Valley. The sample size of those arrested is small, but I'm pretty sure it's a mix of people from across Southern California. 

dfc5343
dfc5343

@JBinOC You put a color to trash. I jus throw it away regardless of what it looks like.

kantstopkarr
kantstopkarr

@JBinOC uhhhh... They are trash. They always cause problems at all the events. I'm not even from HB and I know that.


dfc5343
dfc5343

@Carol May Not true. The beach is for everyone. As a surfer no one can say the beach is for some and not others. I jus say it ain't for anyone to abuse it...

dfc5343
dfc5343

@spokkersan After all that who really is from HB? A tourist is still a tourist.

RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

@spokkersan Nope it isn't Newport Beach and why we call it home. Not a bunch of pretentious fake clowns up to their ears in debt for an image. This happened because knuckleheads from other cities come here and stir up shit, locals come out and protect the businesses of the people here. HB is blue collar and much tougher and honest than NB, but I will take their honesty and down to Earth straightforwardness to any NB ass clown trying to impress me. I also believe there was some riots for Spring Break in NB, so they have their own problems. Sunset Beach can buy and sell NB all day with higher RE values and percentages of rich, but you would never know who is rich there so this is exclusive to NB and their high class douche nozzle attitude so you can have it. 

grvz5247
grvz5247

@Nunyo Biznuss Maybe its because there parents dont teach them morals or to not be dum asses. not having a summer job is not an excuse to riot ot doo dum shit.

howardhuges53
howardhuges53

@Debra F. Natera Take a picture pf your big brass bed so I have something to work with.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@spokkersan @vegandawg23 Derp, that's not even the point. Classifying and blaming people from a certain area code when you don't have any idea where they're from is retarded and anyone doing it is a retard. You don't think the probability is high that alot of people from the OC participated?!? You think a mexican bro from Santa Ana is less likely to riot than a mexican bro from Rancho Cucamonga? You really believe that where you live geographically in southern california predicts your behavior? Not addressed to spokkersan per se but whoever is throwing around area codes.

spokkersan
spokkersan

@RonaldMexico @spokkersan No one is going to deny that Newport Beach is waspy but I feel safe there from white trash. If I am going to the beach, I'll pick Newport Beach. I'm not big on going into the water and I like seeing the boats and stuff I could never afford. 

I'll take Orange over either city, to be honest. Not pretentious and no loser surf competitions that attract hordes of wife beaters (clothing and actual wife beaters!) either. At the end of the day, the ocean is overrated. 

Full disclosure: I grew up in Anaheim and currently live in Garden Grove. 

spokkersan
spokkersan

@vegandawg23 @spokkersan I'm not throwing around area codes. I am throwing around city names. We can see from the few names that were released that it seems to be a diverse group of people. Ages range from 18 to 30. Ethnicity from Caucasian to Hispanic (just based on last names). Cities from as North as Simi Valley. Cities as rich as Irvine. 

Aside from that, it's not that where you live in SoCal predicts your behavior, it's that people who are alike in some ways live in the same places. Within those areas there's variation too. 

Clearly there are individual qualities that every person has, but not everyone is a unique snowflake. There are cholos, bros and white trash out there, and we know where they generally are with some degree of accuracy. 

spokkersan
spokkersan

@kantstopkarr Why are you so mad, though? White trash is attracted to Huntington Beach. That's where the riots have happened in Orange County. The facts are there and I don't have to explain shit. 

Garden Grove is shit but it's full of Vietnamese and you don't see too much trouble from them. I have no problem going to Little Saigon. I do have a problem with Huntington Beach. 

kantstopkarr
kantstopkarr

@spokkersan You're a douche and a yuppie obviously. Go drink turpentine and piss on a brush fire. Sail boat watching cock monkey. Garden Grove is notorious for being low rent and packed to the brim with tweakers. You suck dude

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