There were a few years in the 1960s when, if you wanted to surf in Newport Beach, you had to have the sticker.
And the only way to get that sticker was to be a member, in good standing, of the Newport Beach Surfing Association, a surf club.
A few years later, down at San Onofre, surfers fought to keep their pristine, tucked-away beach as close to its natural state as possible. Today, San Onofre remains a break that feels like a miniature surfing safari.
The old-school surfers who made that happen belonged to a surf club.
For decades, surf clubs were a big part of surfing in Orange County…
… Not every O.C. club will be at Gathering, but the contest offers an opportunity to look at some of the larger local surf groups that have have stuck it out over the years