Doheny State Beach celebrated its 75th Anniversary on June 24, 2006, showcasing its history and recreational uses. For historical accuracy, Edward Doheny donated this prime ocean front property on May 31, 1931 that was to become Doheny State Beach Park, California's first state beach. On July 1, 1963, it was renamed Doheny State Beach. The original 41 acres was augmented over the years with an additional 21 acres by acquisitions from the Santa Fe Railroad, University of California Regents, and the Union Oil Company. Today, Doheny's 122 camping spaces are the most popular in the State and have consistently earned the distinction as Orange County's "Best Camping Site" by the readers of the Orange County Register.
The collection of photos below documents the June 24 celebration that included exhibits of vintage camping from the 1940's to 70's, restored surf vehicles and vintage surfboards. Lifeguarding, marine and terrestrial animal life, birds and native plants were featured in educational presentations throughout the day. The Longboard Surfing Association hosted its annual Menehune surfing contest. Fishing exhibits, surf music, historical displays, volleyball demonstrations and a Doheny birthday cake contest offered additional interest and entertainment.
Doheny's gentle breakers make it an ideal place for surfing. Doheny became a focal point of the surfing counterculture in the 1950's and 60's after its name was used in the lyrics of Surfer Joe by the Surfaris, and the hit, Surfin' USA, made famous by the Beach Boys.
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