[VIDEO] Orange County Beard and Moustache Competition Confirms that Humans are Strange

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Their beards have beards
Yes, it is moustache, not mustache in the world of competitive facial hair. The "ou" shows just how seriously some men take it. And at the annual OC Beard and Moustache competition you'll see that commitment range from classy, to pretentious, to badass, to just plain gross. Movember is over, but we caught up with the gents before they shaved off all their passive work. Although, we suspect some of these dudes did not just start growing last month.

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OC Screen Productions' Between Two Harbors, Chasing Hollywood Chase Kickstarter Funds

We Are Ocean
Recovering from cancer on a surfboard, in the fledgling documentary Between Two Harbors.
Locally tingled small screen productions are currently seeking funding via Kickstarter, to varying success.

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$25 Big Bear Ski Lift Tickets Go on Sale TODAY; Mammoth Mountain Opens TOMORROW

Go Productions
Thank you, global warming!
Lift tickets for $25 each to Snow Summit and Bear Mountain in Big Bear go on sale this morning through Friday morning. Is there a catch? You betcha!

Meanwhile, Mammoth Mountain outside Bishop opens Thursday morning. Is there snow? Apparently!

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Mammoth Mountain to Acquire Snow Summit and Bear Mountain Ski Resorts for $38 Million

UPDATE: Mammoth is picking up the two Big Bear area resorts for $38 million, reports the Los Angeles Times, which notes the move "comes in the midst of a historic drought." Mammoth CEO Rusty Gregory explains to the Times, "My father used to say in business you want to do the opposite of what everyone else is doing. This does look like a questionable time to buy a ski resort operation."

Hopefully the ownership change won't mean less of this.

The Dick Kun ownership era at the Snow Summit and Bear Mountain ski resorts in the San Bernardino Mountains is over as the owners of Mammoth Mountain are set to acquire the properties, it was announced this morning.

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78 Percent of OC Voters Oppose Extending the 241 Toll Road: State Parks Foundation

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A thumbs up is given to stopping the 241 toll road extension ... way back in 2008.
The thousands who have turned out at every turn to oppose the Michael Myers of Orange County road projects--the alive/dead/undead extension of the 241 toll road through San Onofre State Beach and perilously close to Trestles beach--can now find solidarity with many others.

They are otherwise known as 78 percent of registered voters in Orange County.

That's the conclusion of a California State Parks Foundation survey released Wednesday that also showed 64 percent of respondents strongly oppose the damn extension. Jeez, I think an international airport in South County drew more support.

"Orange County voters continue to overwhelmingly oppose the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) proposal to build their toll road through San Onofre State Beach--California's fifth most popular state park," says Elizabeth Goldstein, the foundation's president.

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High Surf Coming But Not as High as It's Been

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Photo by Eric Hood/OC Weekly
How have things been at The Wedge? Swell.

High surf is predicted through the start of the weekend along the Orange County coast, but it won't be as high as it's been--like 25-foot sets at The Wedge--the past couple days.

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Hurricane Marie-Whipped High Surf Pounds Balboa Pier But Occupants Don't Seem to Mind

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Heavy surf pounds Balboa Pier Wednesday evening.
It's a mystery why anyone would want to line a pier or dine at the Ruby's at the end of it as hurricane-whipped surf pounds the wooden structure, but that's exactly what happened Wednesday at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach.

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Hurricane Marie is Bringing High Surf, Mucho Traffic and Scant Parking: Update

See the update at the end of this post on Newport Beach officials warning of high traffic and scant parking because of people flocking to the coast to see high waves, particularly at The Wedge.

Buckle up, OC!

ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 25, 11:06 A.M.: If you thought the surf that pounded Orange County beaches was treacherous this past weekend, you apparently ain't seen nothing yet.

But you will very soon, according to forecasters.

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The Wedge Like You've Never Seen It Before

From Entourage to The Wedge.

SHFT, "a lifestyle platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier," sounds so La-La-Land as to be repellent to many behind the Orange Curtain. But we're down with their stated mission ("to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through film, design, art and food") and really, really down with a video they just shared of The Wedge in Balboa.

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Did HBPD Go Overboard in Enforcing the U.S. Open of Surfing?

John Gilhooley
The only alcohol at the U.S. Open.

As previously reported in our 2014 U.S. Open of Surfing cover story, Huntington Beach significantly scaled back the event, barring music, alcohol, vendors and side activities while upping police manpower and enforcement--changes that reflect an overall attempt to clean up downtown. Now that the event is over, it's clear that the Huntington Beach Police Department took the effort to heart.

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