Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

There are innumerable places around the globe that are magnificent to do open water swimming. From tropically warm places near the equator to frigidly cold lakes and seas in more northern climes.

But what about 13 km of wide white sand beaches with lifeguard stations positioned every few hundreds of meters apart with warm showers and plenty of parking onshore?

Throw in plenty of dolphins and regular surf where you can practice rough water swimming and bodysurfing and a water temperature range between 13-22°C (55-72°F) with air temperatures well north of that. Swim northwards with the prevailing current and southwards against it and you have Huntington Beach, California.

Known as Surf City USA® and location of the International Surfing Museum, it is within 30 minutes of Disneyland and 45 minutes to LAX. With four distinct but adjacent beaches – Huntington City Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Dog Beach and Huntington State Beach, there is plenty of room to go for some hard in-and-outs perpendicular to shore through surf or long marathon swims parallel to the straight coastline.

In addition to casual or intense ocean workouts, barefoot strolls, walking with your dog, and the annual Huntington Beach Pier Swim, Huntington Beach is now offering free surfing lessons. Register yourself here as a #SurfCityVIP in order to receive a unique code. Use this code to book a surf lesson before February 1st 2015 through four sponsored surf schools.

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