Irvine Hidden Valley Park, 9/11/2010: The SWELL flag was flying high and the line snaked around the festival grounds to spin SWELL’s “wheel of misfortune”. Firewire Surfboards donated a lip leveling surfboard, aka the 6’2″ Dominator, and thousands mobbed the boys holding down the SWELL booth to take a shot at winning it.
Many left with SWELL shirts, hats, koozies, but only Sean Fitzgerald of Orange took home a glossy new Firewire. We hear he’s en-route to Playa Hermosa, so we’re pumped it landed in the hands of journey-man, hungry fro the last south swells of the season.
The festival included over 50 breweries like Stone Brewery were pouring and pairing, local rockers: The Creepers kept the mojo flowing, and I saw at least a dozen buzzards fall off the climbing wall. We couldn’t think of a better way to raise money for fallen firefighters than to raise a glass and honor our brave brothers in red. This was the inaugural OC Brew Ha Ha, so don’t miss next year’s beers, we know we won’t.
As for the pickled patrons who wandered into the neighboring water-park after the beer went dry… you’re freaking creepy (Yes, you Matt).
Special thanks to:The James Family who hosted the Fund-Raiser, Firestone Walker Brewery who donated their hoppy happiness for tomorrow’s Demo Day, and Firewire for donating the Dominator available on SWELL.com
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