One of Huntington Beach's most prominent landmarks, the pier has been the center of the City's beach culture for more than a century. The pier is home to the annual Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, July 4th celebrations, and the New Year's Day polar bear plunge.
The Huntington Beach pier is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located at the end of Main Street and west of Pacific Coast Highway, and is one of the longest public piers on the West Coast.
The original wooden pier was built of rough pine in 1902, before the incorporation of Huntington
Beach in 1909. By 1904, the
wooden pier extended 1,000 feet, or 300 meters, into the Pacific Ocean. In 1910, it
was severely damaged by an ocean storm.
The newly constructed pier was re-dedicated in 1914, after the Huntington Beach Township organized a $75,000 bond measure. The 1914 pier set a record at that time as the longest and highest concrete pleasure pier in the United States, extending 1,350 feet, or 40 meters, in length.
Legendary Hawaiian-Irish surfer George Freeth provided the first known surfing demonstration at the Huntington Beach pier at the 1914 re-dedication. In the 1920s, Olympian and famed Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku was known to surf the pier, inspiring local residents to make their own surfboards from wooden telephone poles.