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Wet Electric Rave at Huntington State Beach September 14, 2013

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.–California State Parks - Huntington State Beach is the location for a ticketed RAVE party on the beach September 14, 2013, with water slides, dozens of DJs spinning tunes and liquor sold to a 21+ crowd only. It is being produced by Activated Events and is called Wet Electric Rave (

This adult beach party is raising the ire of locals who are just assessing the damage and police who are still looking for suspects in the July 28 riot in downtown Huntington Beach.

The RAVE’s promotional materials list Surfrider Foundation as beneficiary. According to a local chapter of the non-profit organization, they have been a past beneficiary but did not approve their name to be used in the upcoming event. They say they have asked Activated Events to remove their name from promotions.

Many are questioning the process in which such an event was  approved. The California Coastal Commission regulations & guidelines specify  that events on public beaches be open free to the public. However, there apparently are clauses that allow for events such as a RAVE party with private ticketing and liquor sold to adults on the beach. Part of the discussion involves the approval process which allowed US Open of Surfing to grow to its 2013 configuration featuring multiple arenas with a variety of sports, and free concerts on the beach. If the riot hadn’t occurred at the end of the US Open of Surfing 2013, the planned RAVE Party may not have come under as much scrutiny.

The City of Huntington Beach created a task force which met on Friday, August 2, 2013, to discuss problems in downtown Huntington Beach, which has the highest concentration of liquor serving establishments in the state. News of the Wet Electric RAVE, however, took over the discussion during the meeting. There’s more to come on this story! For now, if you want to buy tickets to the event, scroll down to September events.

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3 Responses to “Wet Electric Rave at Huntington State Beach September 14, 2013”

  1. Editor on August 3rd, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Official comment:
    To all concerned, the Huntington/Seal Beach didn’t approved the final consideration verbally or in any written document with the promotion of this event. This is the first time we saw this video and we have and never will condone any event like this.

    Tony Soriano
    Surfrider Foundation
    Huntington/Seal Beach Chapter

  2. Angry Papa on August 3rd, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    If I read the State Beach rules for special events correctly it appears that alcoholic beverages can’t be sold on the beach, contrary to this event’s advertisement. The California State Parks online application documentation says

    “Alcohol may be served but not sold with an approved ALCOHOL WAIVER FORM and a State Park Monitor present (see monitor fees). We strictly observe all California alcohol beverage laws.”


  3. Ima Bimbo on August 4th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Are you kiding? this iz just another nite in Huntington Beach. Whats the ?BFD?