In Spring 2017, the folk from Huntington Beach Tourist Board came to the UK for the first time in 18 years on a mission: spread the word about their surf-chic, skater-cool ‘Surf City USA’ in Orange County, California. At the mention of sun, sea, sand and super laid back vibes, we couldn’t wait to get started on bringing Huntington Beach to London.
For one night only, we revamped Upstairs at Carousel into half surf shack, half skate shop, where guests got a feel for Orange County’s seaside paradise.
Dudes and wahines were treated to one-on-one introductory surf lessons with an instructor in our Surf Shack. After working up a sweat, they moved on to the VW Camper snack bar where they enjoyed fish tacos, sliders and tempura sprouts. Meanwhile, over in the skate shop, the guests could grab a cold one and a cocktail from the barrel bar whilst getting a feel for the arty side of the vacation spot. Everyone got involved, trying their hands at customising skate decks, taking inspiration from a graffiti artist who brought the walls to life with a vibrant mural depicting the life and soul of Huntington Beach.