The morning of the fight of the year... Manny Pacquiao and his quest for #7

Joining an elite family of Nike Athletes, such as Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong, and Kobe Bryant, Manny Pacquiao continues the legacy of "Just do it..." work ethic.

On November 14, 2009, Manny moves up to the 145 lb. welterweight division and vies for an unprecedented 7th title in 7 different weight divisions. I wish for a successful outcome for Team Pacquiao and the overall well being of both fighters.

These images were shot during the last training session before the November 14th fight date. Simultaneously HBO's 24/7 filmed their final episode and called for dim lighting with only natural available light to influence the tone of their presentation.

Images shot with the K7, DA*200, & FA 35 f2

All Images ©2009 Mark Dimalanta

The Best of Huntington Beach

Best Place to get your morning cup of Energy:

Java Point Cafe in Huntington Surf & Sport. They have a coffee tumbler which retails for abut 4 bucks, but you get 0.99 cent refills there after.

Eyres & Lindsey always have a fresh brew ready to start your day

The Best Breakfast in Town:

The Sugar Shack: Located in the heart of Downtown Huntington Beach, this local favorite offers fresh and hearty preparations that wont break the bank. Enjoy the Keppler's Special in the highly sought after outdoor patio for quick service and a perfect spot to people watch.

213 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 536-0355

The Best Restaurant:

Sushi on Fire has some of the most innovate sushi rolls that make your mouth water from the "Ken's Special" to the "Stroll roll" all of the rolls are made to order prepared with fresh ingredients. The Filet mignon is often considered the best steak in town.

My daughter enjoying the edamame:

The Ken's Special:

Filet Mignon with Green chili sauce:

301 Main St
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 374-8885

The Best Boutique:

For all your surf and sun needs visit Huntington Surf & Sport

All in the family, Surfboard shaper Mark PESCE with son Mark, Jr.
both provide expert advice for all your surfing needs.

A core surf shop by surfers for surfers. Owner Aaron Pai has been providing surf city with the best deal in all your active lifestyle needs, from surfing equipment to fashion, HSS is your one stop all inclusive surf shop.

(714) 841-4000
300 Pacific Coast Hwy # 104
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

The Best place to stay:

The best place to watch a sunset is a tie between the southside of the pier or an ocean front room of the Shorebreak Hotel

a big cozy bed with views of the pier to check the surf and watch the sunset

Groovy decorative lifestyle shots, a sony Ipod dock, remote control of your big 42" LCD TV

Each room has surf memorabilia like this Art Brewer coffee table book showcasing fine surf photography

Enjoy breathtaking views of the setting sun during the fall months of October/November. With warm Santa Ana winds blowing offshore, the California coast lights up a brilliant collection of warm hues over Catalina Island with a giant setting sun to the west. The Shorebreak Hotel is the perfect place for an unobstructed view of the setting sun, since it sits in perfect view of California's only 8 mile stretch of pristine beachfront. Its one of the only hotels with truly "surf" centric decor, surf videos streaming in the lobby and unique surf inspired art.

(866) 942-5091
500 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Huntington Beach from a local perspective...

In the October 2009 issue of Mabuhay Travel+Lifestyle Magazine I featured an article detailing the summer experience in my hometown of Huntington Beach. I wanted to feature an in depth review of how locals enjoy our beach and provide a guide on the what and where to do while visiting the city.

The only way to really live…


Mark Dimalanta

There isn’t much in this lifetime that comes close to the joys experienced when Surfing is your lifestyle. No other city in Orange County defines what life is truly like, here in Southern California, than Huntington Beach. It has become the major hub of the surfing world, epitomizing all things cool, casual, and fun. So much so, that it has been appropriately named… “Surf City.” Not only from a business standpoint, where the surfing lifestyle is a raging and multi-billion dollar per year industry, Surf City is where it all started. Many of the most prolific icons of surfing can trace their roots back to Surf City in one form or another beginning when Hawaii’s proudest son, Duke Kahanamoku, brought Surfing to these shores.

With a dynamic sunny Mediterranean climate and idyllic setting, it is home to more than 200,000 residents. Surf City takes pride in its eight miles of scenic, publicly accessible beachfront and year-round surf. All of which, make this destination a surfer’s paradise. It boasts the largest stretch of uninterrupted beachfront on the West Coast. With over 11 million visitors annually, beach tourism sustains much of its bustling economy. Guests flock to Surf City during the summer for professional sporting events like the US Open of Surfing, the world’s largest surf contest, and the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour. Shopping and casual dining are in abundance along downtown Main St, especially during the weekly street-fair bazaar, where one can purchase fresh organic produce, arts and crafts, and be entertained by street performers, amidst a carnivale atmosphere.

But above all, it is the call of the surf that makes life here truly special. Waking at the crack of dawn, to surf with your best mates, practice yoga on our white sands under a golden sun, or to take a simple stroll/bike ride along the boardwalk makes life here truly unique. Surfing at its simplest is essentially celebrating life. Each wave has a beginning and an end, and we are the ones who dictate what happens during the middle. If I were to advise of only one thing in this lifetime, get out there and experience what it means to truly surf. It is never too late to bask in one of life’s greatest joys.

Only a 30 minute drive from Downtown LA, and a stone’s throw from neighboring Newport Beach and South Orange county, HB provides the perfect hub from Orange County to all of Southern California.

Entering from the south on Pacific Coast highway, the gateway to downtown HB

The Iconic HB pier. The largest pier structure on the west coast hosts a platform to view the surf, coastline, or go fishing.

The view of the lineup from the pier's perspective

With year round surf and vanilla skies during the fall months, Surf City provides idyllic views of what life should be like...

Tourists and locals-alike flock to downtown Main St. for a Tuesday evening bazaar otherwise known as "local nights"

Nathaniel Curran wins the 2008 US Open of surfing

Misty May-Treanor wins the 2008 AVP Huntington Beach Open

Morning Surf sessions are a daily ritual

Yoga on the beach with local surfer Charlotte Dellea

All Images ©2009 Mark Dimalanta