Beachgoers enjoy warm weather
Crystal Dedes ran straight for the chilly waters and dunked under the sparkling waves to cool off, wearing just a bikini.
"Come in!" she yelled out to her three friends, who followed and screamed out as the water numbed them.
"We were playing volleyball, and we got pretty hot and sweaty – we were like 'we're going to go and do it,' said Huntington Beach resident Avae Masaniai, 20, a student at Irvine Valley College. "It was kind of cold, but good."
Beachgoers took a break to hit the coast on Friday to enjoy warm winter weather, as a break from storms allowed the sun to come out and people to find fun ways to enjoy the beautiful day. Temperatures were in the low 70s along the coast, but are expected to drop a bit over the weekend.
Some people came out just to relax and soak in the sun.
Huntington resident Chuck Brewer, was found lounging in a chair wearing just shorts with white sunscreen smudged on his nose, while reading the paper – the Orange County Register, of course. The 57-year-old grew up here, but moved to Arizona for 20 years to work in property management. He moved back to retire here.
"We're very fortunate and lucky to be here. A lot of people have to work all year just to spend a week or two here," he said. "We can do it every day."
Meanwhile, folks in other parts of the country weren't so lucky.
"I'm so jealous," said Ismael Gonzalez, who was working at the All-Day Tire Shop in Chicago, Ill., where temperatures were hovering around 4 degrees. "Being outside is pretty bad."
Brittany Cortina, an employee at the Absolutely Chicago Segway Tours, said temperatures were reported at below 20 overnight.
"You just don't go outside," she said.
The Lumsden family flocked from chilly Canada, where it was minus-42 with the wind chill and snowing, to enjoy the warm weather in Surf City. They were found on the sand taking a surf lesson from HB Surf School.
"We love the fact that there's water and sun all the time," said mom Jana Lumsden, joined by husband Tom and daughters Isabelle, 15, Georgia, 13, and Ruth, 10.
HB Surf School instructor Bill Sharp said the water was a bit chilly at 54 degrees, but the sun made up for it.
"This is unbelievable. We are just so blessed with great, sunny weather," he said. "I'm look forward to taking this family out for a good surf lesson and have some fun."
Judy and Paul Ballauer, of Corona, strolled the sand with metal detectors, picking up coins as their machines beeped. The pair lived here in the '70s but moved to Washington, only to come back to retire last year.
"We couldn't put up with all the rain up there. We came back here to retire," said Judy, 62. "It's just beautiful, gorgeous. There's no way I would have stayed inside."
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