Monday, July 30, 2018

Surf Open Brings Friends Together

Surfrider Huntington Beach Celebrates Ohana!

Written by SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel

The opening day of Vans US Open of Surfing (July 28th) was the perfect time for the Surfrider Foundation's Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter to celebrate the bonds of friendship and love of the ocean that bring us all together in one ohana (family).

Everyone was eager to honor Tony Soriano, the chapter's longtime chairperson, and to cheer on Stephanie Pedroza, who is taking over the helm.

Because of their hard work and leadership we are able to help clean SoCal's beaches and educate the community about ways to protect the environment.

Joe "Samoa" McMullin and his wife Lori embody the ohana spirit and made us all feel welcome in the tropical paradise they call home. With its Ocean Friendly Garden and tranquil setting, everyone was feeling good vibrations.

Joe told SurfWriter Girls Sunny Magdaug and Patti Kishel this vibrant yellow plumeria his family brought with them from Samoa comes from a plant that's 90-years-old.

The potluck dinner was a feast with lots of different foods and colorful drinks to try, chicken wings, carne asada, chili, and more.

Good friends, good food, good fun!

A time to celebrate each other and the environment - and a week of champion surfing at Huntington Beach!


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