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Watch: Costumed Surfers Hang 10 for Halloween

About 50 surfers dress like Indians, ninja turtles, Minnie Mouse and more.

Despite the Ghost Busters wading through the surf, that wasn’t the spirit of Pocahontas haunting the waves at Bolsa Chica State Beach on Sunday morning.

It was Seal Beach resident Nina Vafaie. Vafaie was one of 50 costumed surfers to catch waves as part of an impromptu Halloween Hang 10.

“It’s really just a bunch of friends surfing in costume,” said Vafaie, owner of East West Design.

It began about six years ago when Vafaie decided wear her Halloween costume while surfing, and it has grown each year since with an informal costume contest. This year, Vafaie and pal Teri Rodenas handed out flyers inviting surfers to show up at Sunday’s high tide in costume. Their friend Guy Leo judged the costumes with prizes such as gift baskets made by Rodenas. Prizes were awarded for categories such as Most Creative Costume, Most Waves Caught While Wearing a Costume and Best Wave.

In true laid-back surfer fashion, Leo made up new judging categories during the contest to accommodate more winners. He even ripped the tag off one trophy to create an under-12 category for the kids, said Vafaie.

“We had a lot of kids this year,” said Vafaie.

Although she has never publicized the event, it’s open to anyone and is usually the weekend before Halloween, Vafaie added

“It’s grown quite a bit over the last few years,” she said. “It’s still grassroots -- a bunch of surfing friends getting together to surf in costume and have some fun. It’s all done in fun, everyone is welcome to join in and it’s always been a fun way to kick off the Halloween week.”

Charles October 31, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Just what we need to show all those folks back east and in the midwest, surfing in October. Like the 70F day, snow capped San Gabriel Mountains Rose Bowl game images, this will result in even more people moving to California from back east (crowding our freeways, rooting against the Angels and Dodgers in our stadiums, etc). At least they kick up the demand for housing and keep the prices high resulting in more property tax revenue. That's about the only good thing.
T.Spayede November 01, 2012 at 04:46 AM
A true depiction of 'Indian Summer' out here... wash-day, long-knives!
Jennifer MacMahon November 01, 2012 at 07:16 AM
Only in Laguna! Love my hometown!
Jennifer MacMahon November 01, 2012 at 07:21 AM
Oops! My bad thought this was in Laguna Beach. Sorry, but still very cool!
ms.sc. November 01, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Charles, was your costume a caveman or a troll-under-a-bridge? This is America. People are free to live where they want. Life changes, you need to learn how to adapt. I now live in a once unnoticed State that now has everyones attention. It is a dramatic change to our population. We need to all get along and not judge others. "Hang 10 brother!"
Judy Livesay November 04, 2012 at 06:58 AM
There was an event in Laguna like this one - the Kervorkian Surf contest at the last week of summer. So much fun for surfers and spectators alike but it grew too big, the cops found a new venue to harrass and ticket beach goers for stupid stuff and, like all good things it came to an end. Glad I was there during its reign to laugh until I cried; it was Laguna at its quirkiest best. God bless the Kervorkians!

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