Teen Allegedly Makes Threats Before U.S. Open of Surfing Begins; 45 78 Weekend Arrests

See the update at the bottom of Page 2 upping the number of arrests downtown during the U.S. Open of Surfing's opening weekend.

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Illustration by Luke McGarry; cover design by Dustin Ames/OC Weekly

ORIGINAL POST, JULY 28, 6:31 A.M.: It's unclear if a 16-year-old boy took our "Surf Bros Must Die" cover story literally, but Huntington Beach Police accuse him of making credible threats against the U.S. Open of Surfing via social media before a search of his home produced a handgun and a shotgun.

The alleged threats were posted Thursday, the kid was booked into juvie Friday night, the nine-day event opened Saturday morning and by Sunday night police had made more than 45 78 more arrests, mostly for booze-related offenses. [See update!]

But no riots. So far ...

Surf Bros Must Die: A special report on how to keep the U.S. Open of Surfing riot-free

According to Huntington Beach Police, they received word of the threats against the U.S. Open around noon Friday, and the initial information gathered made them seem credible. They aren't saying which social media platform the kid supposedly used, citing the ongoing investigation.

The 16-year-old, who has not been identified, was quickly zeroed in on, and his home was searched after a warrant was served around 7 p.m. Friday, according to police, who arrested the teen on suspicion of making terrorist threats.

He had access to the handgun and shotgun that were found at the residence, according to police, who seized his electronic devices as additional evidence. "At this time, it appears the suspect acted alone and no overt acts occurred to carry out the threats," reads a police statement.

As for the 45 arrests, before we ponder what might give people the idea to come to downtown Huntington Beach and get into some alcohol-induced shenanigans let's pause for this from Hurricanes Bar and Grill, via social media as well (Facebook):

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Yep, it's just a bloody mystery how anyone would come up with such an idea to booze it up downtown.

By the way, the City of Huntington Beach, its police department and U.S. Open organizers have already scheduled a community meeting Wednesday to discuss progress at keeping this year's event riot-free. Downtown merchants are encouraged to point out any problems they have seen so far.

See the invite on the next page ...



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31 comments
lonhall
lonhall

I always make sure to find the dates of the USOS in advance and put them on my calendar so I won't make the mistake of going to Huntington Beach at that time. I am seriously not into what an asshole convention it is.

Micaela Kovary
Micaela Kovary

WAY TO GO HB POLICE! Cracking down on the misbehavior before it gets out of hand.

taidodinh
taidodinh

78 fools in jail today is their court day

Pennys Parents
Pennys Parents

Lame, OCWeekly... No port-o-potty-tipping "riots" to report on this year? How about a story on (non-existent) skinheads, or mustached Asian hipsters opening organic micro-brew nightclubs? Or desperate articles by a desperate nerd about how Mexicans rule? Bring back the editor & staff from 15yrs ago, please!

Ro Ar
Ro Ar

"Surf Nazis Must Die" is a wonderfully underrated 80s turd of a movie

Jacob Grimes
Jacob Grimes

Fucking haters!!!!! I can't stand a mutherfucker that talks shit through the internet!!! It's like talking Shit through a cell door...but when it pops open... It's on!!!!!!

949girl
949girl topcommenter

These people need to do what other drunk people do, stop fighting and start drunk texting lol.  

Cameron Knight
Cameron Knight

Faggot ass tool don't u got more gel to put in ur hair or sumthin?

robincook
robincook

No one is making you go.  These are youth events where the young have an excuse to show off their boobs or balls.

RPaggio
RPaggio

Man, I remember what happened last year. Another riot another mess? What really is gonna change haha? It's like visiting Rub Maps, that's the best bit.

Xander Lombardo
Xander Lombardo

I hope the 909ers fuck yo city up ahahaha, HB home of the scum bags

Nick Riviera
Nick Riviera

I hope the cops cracked some skulls in HB like they do in Santa Ana, Fullerton, and Anaheim!

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

I don't know why they keep allowing this event, in different names to go on. There's a mass riot like every other year on average.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

No riots. But many businesses are losing revenue because their regular customers are shying away from the crowds, traffic and lack of parking. :-(

MeToo
MeToo

@paullucas714 Let's do the math shall we? it's been 28 years since the 1986 OP Pro. There has been three incidents at these surf contests since then '86 '08 and '13. so that works out to a surf contest riot every 9.3 years! If you're gonna bitch then get your facts strait. GEEEEZ!

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