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8 arrested in California city after US Open of Surfing

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 09:32 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2013

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. » An unruly crowd surged through a Southern California city's seaside downtown after the U.S. Open of Surfing, brawling, looting a bicycle shop, clashing with police and trashing property before authorities broke up the melee and made arrests, authorities and witnesses said.

Police from several cities were called in to quell the disturbance Sunday night in Huntington Beach. Several officers and people received minor injuries.

The weeklong surfing competition drew thousands of people to the Orange County city that bills itself as "Surf City USA."

A large fight broke out between some people in a crowd after the contest ended. When officers tried to break it up, the mob surged downtown, police Lt. John Domingo told KNX-AM today.

The crowd pulled down a stop sign, and a man used it to smash the front window of a bicycle shop, which was then looted. Other people brawled, threw bottles, toppled portable toilets, rocked a city truck and threw a chair into a fountain.

"You see a mob of people running up the street," said Bert Etheredge, a salesman at the Easyrider bicycle and skateboard shop. "That's when we decided to shut down the shop and turn off all the lights, lock everything and kind of go into hiding, if you will."

The crowd then pulled down the stop sign, he said.

"It was coming through the window two seconds later, and that's when people started jumping in and pulling the bikes out," Etheredge told KABC-TV.

Police used nonlethal ammunition to help disperse the crowd.

Witness Doug Cavender told KABC-TV the scene was "really, really nuts, and it got really crazy really fast."

"I really honestly didn't think stuff like this happened in the OC," he said.

One person was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, and seven were arrested for other crimes including disturbing the peace, unlawful assembly and inciting a riot, Domingo said.

"We're extremely disappointed and saddened by the disturbance," said a statement on the U.S. Open of Surfing website. "We work tirelessly with city staff, police, fire and other agencies to ensure a safe environment for all."

Investigators planned to review video and could make more arrests.

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eoe wrote:
Call in the national guard, let them crush these animals and thugs. Where is the parenting? This is the welfare state gone wild. This just proves American civilization would be better off without these people... oh wait, what? They are all white? ...crickets ... chirp... chirp ... chirp...
on July 29,2013 | 06:41AM
kaleo_1 wrote:
on July 29,2013 | 09:50AM
eoe wrote:
Oh I know: either a) this wasn't really a riot or b) everyone knows all surfers are liberals.
on July 29,2013 | 06:48AM
Slow wrote:
A porta-potty was knocked over! Now THAT is a headline story!
on July 29,2013 | 06:51AM
cojef wrote:
The article indicated that a bicycle and skateboard shops were looted in addition to the porta-potty being over-turned. Seems like the thieves used this venue to enrich themselves with other peoples' property. Pre-planned caper using a beer guzzling crowd as pawns for their caper.
on July 29,2013 | 10:17AM
OregonRedRaider wrote:
only if there was someone in it....lol...
on July 29,2013 | 01:41PM
hi96822 wrote:
way back when it was called the OP Pro, major riot broke out
on July 29,2013 | 06:58AM
Ratrase wrote:
A good time was had by all! I remember my grandfather telling us how they used to tip over outhouses on Halloween, a hundred years ago.
on July 29,2013 | 08:08AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Ban surfing.
on July 29,2013 | 08:13AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Besides hula, that's what the missionaries tried to do, banning surfing. But, by order of King Kalakaua, he brought both activities back. One of Princess Ka'iulani's surfboards is on exhibit at the Bishop Museum.
on July 29,2013 | 01:23PM
dlum003 wrote:
the culprits are likely not surfers, who're so easy to blame. Probably drunken thugs from out of town who have no stake in the HB community.
on July 29,2013 | 10:33AM
salsacoquibx wrote:
heyyyy mannnn wheres the waveee...
on July 29,2013 | 01:16PM
hanalei395 wrote:
In Southern California, the shaka is known as a "surfer's sign".
on July 29,2013 | 01:45PM
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