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05-15-06, 03:38 PM #1
What could be more important in California than deciding who is the real Surf City?
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. - "Surf City USA" is officially in Southern California, according to a federal agency that granted this town exclusive trademark rights despite challenges from northern rival Santa Cruz.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded Huntington Beach three official registration numbers that permit it to use the designation "Surf City USA" in ads, on beach bags, hats and other beachwear, the city Conference and Visitor's Bureau announced Friday.
A message left at the Santa Cruz mayor's office Saturday night was not returned.
For years, both towns have called themselves Surf City after the 1963 hit song by Jan and Dean that boasts of a place where there are "two girls for every boy."
In 2004, Huntington Beach applied for official recognition of the name. Santa Cruz cried foul, and a battle began, with the cities trading legal challenges, taunts and talk of a surfing contest for the title.
Santa Cruz applied for its own trademark: "Original Surf City, USA." Then-mayor Mike Rotkin even strummed his guitar on a local cable access channel and musically challenged Huntington Beach to a surf-off.
Dean Torrence, who co-wrote the song, lives in Huntington Beach and has said he backs his hometown's claim.
Huntington Beach holds world-class surfing competitions and houses the International Surfing Museum.
But Santa Cruz surfers note that their city is internationally known for its gnarly waves — even if surfers must use wetsuits because of the chilly water.
A state senator from Santa Cruz has proposed a resolution asking the Legislature to recognized his town as the official "Surf City USA."
"We think that bill is frivolous, and now probably unconstitutional because you're talking about federal trademark law," said Doug Traub, president and chief executive officer of the Huntington Beach Conference and Visitor's Bureau.
Traub stressed that the name "Surf City" — minus the "USA" — is not trademarked, and is legally used by dozens of businesses in both cities.
It also is the actual name of cities in New Jersey and North Carolina.
05-15-06, 05:32 PM #2
So the Santa Cruz mayor goes on national TV to play a guitar song? Buhahahaha!
They're just jealous that Huntington Beach is the true Surf City USA."To the German commander: 'Nuts!' The American Commander" - General Tony McAuliffe, 101st Airborne Division
05-15-06, 06:04 PM #3
Waiting for Stan's reply....
05-15-06, 10:52 PM #4
Me too..."To the German commander: 'Nuts!' The American Commander" - General Tony McAuliffe, 101st Airborne Division
05-16-06, 01:33 AM #5
Alright Stan you can chime in anytime now . Then again LEF we will see in a few months we will be out there .Being the best is not what always counts. What counts is always trying your best.
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05-16-06, 01:40 AM #6
I think Santa Cruz is upset that the cold water got to their heads and they didn't think of the patent idea first!Just because your sign off after you're shift is done, doesn't mean that it's over and put blinders on. You're a cop 24/7 wether you like it or not. If thats something you can't handle, you should find a new line of work!
05-16-06, 02:44 AM #7Originally Posted by tjpuclik2"To the German commander: 'Nuts!' The American Commander" - General Tony McAuliffe, 101st Airborne Division
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