3 O.C. Beach Clubs to Join this Summer

Plus six helpful tips for planning your next beach trip.

Beach Clubs

Three members of local oceanside organizations tout their team spirit.

 Chubascos Bodysurfing Association  /Dylan Biggerstaff

The club // Based in Huntington Beach, it’s the biggest bodysurfing club in Orange County. They have an annual contest; everyone from little kids to older people can compete.

The sport // I got first place in my division (15‑ to 17-year-old men) the past two years at the world championships in Oceanside. You really do feel like you’re one with the wave, and it’s the best feeling in the world.

 Pier Club, Newport Beach  /Todd Masters

How he started // In 2012, my friends decided to swim around the pier just to be funny. And I was like, “That’s cool; when are you doing it again?” They said, “Next week?” Everyone started bringing friends. We’re still going, every Wednesday.

Membership // You don’t have to wear a Speedo (like most of us do) but you can’t wear a wetsuit. After you do it three times, you become a member.

➜ Surfrider Foundation, South O.C. Chapter /Kia Stora

Her role // I’m a volunteer chair, so I train new volunteers and oversee the beach cleanups, which we do at least three times a week.

The organization // I love that it acts on a legislative level as well. We have enacted bans on single-use plastics and smoking, and we fight against offshore drilling and look out for new development that would limit public access to the beach.

Water Wisdom

Newport Beach and Corona del Mar allow leashed dogs before 10 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m.

Irvine Cove, Emerald Bay, and Three Arch Bay offer no public beach access.

O.C. water temps peak at the beginning of September at 64 to 72 degrees.

You can check local water-quality levels at ocbeachinfo.com.

You can tent camp at Crystal Cove, Doheny, San Clemente, and San Onofre beaches.

Read our picks for The Best Beaches in O.C. here!

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