6 Possible Sparks to the Riots That Broke Out After the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing Ended

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Now that the smoke and acne have cleared in downtown Huntington Beach, and eight people have been arrested for essentially being asswipes, and cops there have restored "order" the best way they know how (batons, shields, calling in Fullerton PD goons), we can take a look at how the night of rioting began in the first place as the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing wrapped up.

After the jump are six probable possibilities or possible probabilities as to the cause.

1) A BOTTLE OF KETCHUP flung from a second-story drinking establishment along Main Street set off an already rowdy crowd.

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You're welcome for the youth audience product placement, Heinz.

2) People really hate PORTABLE TOILETS.The only thing more disgusting would have been none out there at all.

3) Someone really needed a NEW BIKE.Call it one stop sign shopping!


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Billiam Todd
Billiam Todd

Douchebaggery in Huntington Beach? Say it isn't so!

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

Here's another email from a Mike of Los Angeles who believes me sharing with you, dear readers, what people are saying sparked the riots constitutes "bad journalism":

"Your reporting was very bias and the information that was reported was just plain bad journalism. I was there with my family to enjoy a day in surf city USA and it was sad to see families and good people put in this situation. It was all the youth/kids running wild, all form the inland to the OC. Dont just place blame until the facts are documented.  You also have a local brandishing a pistol in the videos you produced and this should be sent to the authorities for review. I know you represent the OC but be sure to make everyone accountable for their actions and the locals did not really help as much as they claimed.  Actually they contributed to the problems at hand creating havoc on the streets. HB Police let this get way to out of hand and should have done more. Other agencies we work with like LAPD etc would have had this under control in half the time. Being unprepared in this day and age is very sad to see. But this form of reporting does nothing but create problems fo
r good people visiting that city in the future. Will be have to fear the locals with weapons when we take our families to the beach?  
Mike
LA Times
reports. "

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

Christina Richardson of Huntington Beach sent us this email on what sparked the riot:

"There was speculation that an individual was caught shoplifting at Jacks' surf shop and ad security attempted to detain him,  the shoplifter's "Bros" came to his rescue and attacked the security guard,outnumbering him and left him defenseless, thus chaos broke out and these ignorant individuals took it upon theirselves to initiate the male."

[I'm guessing "male" = "melee."]

AmericanRobb
AmericanRobb

I hope the Surf contest goes back to just being a surf contest. NO bands at all. That is what needs to happen, go back to basics when people who surf or are into surfing attend.

Bill Essex
Bill Essex

Pretty loose usage of the word "riot".

PaulyWalnuts
PaulyWalnuts

Was there Saturday. Definitely not enough police.

Michael Mastagni
Michael Mastagni

this is exactly why we left the vibe of Surf city for the quietude of San Juan Capistrano...and now quiet Aliso Viejo. HB was fun at times but it got a bit boisterous and raucous...and you knew it would happen when crowds gathered. We know...we skedaddled before we got into trouble.

lonhall
lonhall

Not enough "lead poisoning" in my opinion. Haven't owned a motor vehicle in 35 years, but if some group of shitheads screwed with my vehicle, I'd terminate them all with extreme prejudice. Of course the press would be far more outraged by my defense of my own property than by the lawless stupidity of the rioters and I would be sent up the river for a long time while any survivors of my lawful defense of property would be skating off free.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

From video #3: 

"Nobody fuck with the stores"

LMFAO


Salvador Barajas
Salvador Barajas

You forgot the most obvious reasons for a riot these days: Hey Mom, I'm YouTube famous..nuf' said.

A.j. Freibott
A.j. Freibott

I heard all the douchebag tapout boys on mainstreet with something to prove finally took it out on porta potties and some dudes truck. disgraceful!!

Bill Gurney
Bill Gurney

Great coverage of what should be the "LAST" Vans U.S.Open of Surfing weekend. If you act like fools, you don't deserve the event.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Keep it up and there won't be anymore surfing competitions held in HB or anywhere else in OC. In fact, right now all the coastal cities should just enact a 10 year moratorium on it, just to say fuck you to all these losers who start riots because they're selfish pieces of shit.

davidlethal
davidlethal

I love all the typical Orange County elitism coming from so many of you making comments.  I grew up in the I.E. and lived in the San Fernando Valley for years before I was forced to move here due to work.  If I have learned anything from living all over southern California, it's that there  are plenty of troublemakers/low class people  from every region of our wonderful state 

bocajylime
bocajylime

I saw a lot of young people drinking alcohol and smoking weed (I actually had to explain "what that smell was" to my 12 year old after the 3rd or 4th time running into it on the beach last Saturday) and very few police officers. Underage intoxication is probably the main culprit. But why take it out on sweet lil' Main St.???

Cheryl Lynn
Cheryl Lynn

So you went to the Open & asked everyone's area codes? I'd like to see your data....

Cheryl Lynn
Cheryl Lynn

Did you hold court in the middle of the mahem & take a poll of peeps area code? Or, are you just making an uneducated guess?

Rob Brown
Rob Brown

HB should just be burned to the ground. Nothing good comes out of HB..

Jason W Buckley
Jason W Buckley

the douche bags were actually teenagers physically and mentally and they were not from Huntington Beach. The locals don't shit where they like some cultures do in California.

Rob Brown
Rob Brown

HB Locals are all douche bags

Vivian Gutierrez
Vivian Gutierrez

We were wondering what it would take to get rid of the US Open here. Problem solved!

Lenny Taylor
Lenny Taylor

1) mayor needs to approve over time for all officers. Undercover officers near the businesses. They need to be respected. They give jobs and pay taxes. 2) make it clear through the media leading up to event. The city will not stand for this happening. 3) block streets of to non- residents who don't live within a 1 mile radius... 4) cops presence throughout the surrounding resident areas.

Jeff Brusius Mahaffey
Jeff Brusius Mahaffey

#7- entitled, spoiled snots throwing a massive two hour tantrum because the show's over and they have to go home to mama and dada to go ni-ni.v

BuzzRadio Steve
BuzzRadio Steve

Make it a closed ticketed event! Get rid of all the shit bands and all he ad tents, make it all about surfing like it should be!

James Creely
James Creely

I've heard that SNL is allready on the skit.

John Hald
John Hald

..well from what I heard the bird is the word.

Rob Brown
Rob Brown

Only one reason. HB Douche Bags..

Rob Brown
Rob Brown

Dammit. You stole my comment!

norricklori
norricklori

@AmericanRobb Sorry but it was kinda lame when it was "just a surf contest" Not only that but there were no bands on the day of the riot... The bands were earlier in the week and there were no riots on those days. So what in the hell do you have against music or free concerts? AmericanRobb? Seriously, adding the other events and the free concerts have made this event a huge improvement. The problem was with about 10-100 stupid people who I would never invite to a party. They came, they blew their cool (if they ever had any) and ruined what could have been another great day.It is as simple as that. I have been going to these events for years and this had everything to do with a bunch of idiots who thought they were tuff,(butt cry when they get arrested) smart(Butt advertised their crimes on social media) and funny(punching locals for protecting bikes and then running is not funny, it is lame) so, go create your own lame "Just surfing" event and leave ours alone. 

dontRun
dontRun

@Joe Pinney 

but then they have to say fuck you to all the MONEY that comes in with that 2 week festival. 

Not gonna happen. , 

moosington
moosington

@davidlethal Exactly, it's silly to just automatically exonerate any locals just to put the blame on people from IE and LA. I would be extremely surprised if not a single "local" wasn't involved.

norricklori
norricklori

@bocajylime If you think that your 12 year old didnt already know what the smells were that you were explaining, then you had to have had a contact high. Your 12 year old has most likely already known for 2-3 years already. Sorry.....

eat-my-shorts
eat-my-shorts

@bocajylime that kind of dope doesn't make people riot; alcohol, on the other hand....

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Cheryl Lynn The post is not based on data. It's based on the different, conflicting things I heard or read about what initially sparked the riot. BTW, I was born and raised in the 909 before there was a 909.

bocajylime
bocajylime

@Cheryl Lynn There were lots of kids that had their full phone numbers written on their bodies in Sharpie. There were a lot of 909ers. I'm not usually embarrassed to share the area code, but this is proving an exception. 

moosington
moosington

@Tony Damico Ha, there seem to have been plenty of non-whites involved, as well.

norricklori
norricklori

@Rob Brown Rob is full of BROWN stuff. Fuck you, dont come to HB if you dont like it...


kimba.999
kimba.999

@BuzzRadio Steve You cannot close and ticket the public to access the beach in California. 

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