Surf City's Go-To Gal
Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel
When there's a big event to stage in Surf City USA chances are Celeste Hamil is on the scene.
Hamil was the one at the helm when Huntington Beach celebrated its 100th anniversary with a 100 Years of Surfing and Century of Stoke extravaganza in 2014 that lasted all summer.
Hamil was seemingly everywhere – from the beach to the announcer's table with legendary surfer Peter (PT) Townend calling the surfing action.
It was Hamil, too, overseeing the Epic Big Board Ride with the World's Largest Surfboard carrying 66 surfers into the Guinness World Record Book on International Surfing Day (ISD), June 20, 2015.
The board – a whopping 42-feet long – caught a 12-second ride that won't be soon forgotten...and captured two records – World's largest surfboard and Most people riding a surfboard!
SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel have seen firsthand what a dynamo Hamil is. Focused and organized, she is like a general commanding the troops. And, failure is not an option when it comes to accomplishing her mission.
Asked what it was like to stage the Epic Big Board Ride, Hamil told SurfWriter Girls, "It was one of my most memorable days, filled with exhilaration and a few challenges. The end result was well worth the effort of a year of planning by an international team of builders, consultants and surf professionals."
Hamil said that she was "totally stoked to participate in a once in a lifetime experience that will continue to resonate in a meaningful way for the community, visitors and sponsors for many years to come."
Tony Soriano, Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter Chairperson of the Surfrider Foundation, says it was great partnering with Hamil on the ISD/Epic Big Board Ride and said she helped "bring awareness and passion to protect our playground – the ocean, waves and beaches that provide so much enjoyment."
A CSU Fullerton graduate with a major in Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Hamil is an NCAA and USA Gymnastics Certified Judge with over 35-years experience. For the past ten years she has been the USA Gymnastics Floor Manager and Staging Manager for all national televised events.
With strong ties to Huntington Beach, Hamil has helped stage events ranging from the Surf City USA Marathon to the City’s popular Taste of Huntington Beach.
Along with this, Hamil has served as the Marketing Manager of the Huntington Beach Downtown Business Improvement District, helping to organize and promote its events and activities.
So, it's no wonder that Hamil is always where the action is. Not just as a spectator, but right in the middle of it. SurfWriter Girls think that Huntington Beach is lucky to have Hamil on board and are excited to see where she turns up next.
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