Maybe you’re new to town and never heard of it, or you’ve blocked it out of your mind. As the name suggests, it’s a surf contest, but that’s only part of it. The massive festival area has games with freebies, autograph signings, art exhibits by pro athletes and skate and BMX contests. The surf contest attracts about 200 surfers from around the world to compete for the prestigious titles. Each year the event draws more than half a million people to one concentrated area. “Huntington Beach is the perfect stage to bring the local community together with passionate surf, skate and BMX fans to enjoy all the beach lifestyle and surf heritage have to offer,” said James Leitz, senior vice president of IMG.