He’s the voice over you’re most likely to hear emceeing a local surf or skate contest or hosting “Surf City’s Got Talent” in downtown Huntington Beach. Meet Kevin Ashford, the man, the myth, the legend – the dude behind HB Cult Magazine and other fun projects and events around the city. Get to know Kevin in this short interview.
SURF CITY FAMILY (SCF): How long have you lived in Huntington Beach?
KEVIN ASHFORD (KA): Moved to Fountain Valley at 5 years old and went to Fountain Valley Elementary and been stirring it up ever since. I’m so blessed my parents made that move from North Hollywood. I took to the ocean and waves immediately. Junior Guards, Water Polo, Surf Team, the whole shebang. I even ended up coaching the Fountain Valley High Surf Team for 6 years later on.
SCF: What do you like best about living here?
KA: It’s not too big and not too small. The community is the tightest I’ve seen and although diverse it is still so connected. That was our passion behind starting the magazine, to keep our culture intact amidst all the change.
SCF: Name your favorite place to get breakfast.
KA: That’s tough because I love the Bread Crumb, Mama’s on 39 and Aloha Grill on the weekends. No Kai Oi has a nice Loco Moco, and Sancho’s has a mean Sawed Off Breakfast Burrito but…….The Sugar Shack is hands down the #1 spot in tha HBC!!!!
SCF: We HB locals do LOVE breakfast and you’re right, love all those you mentioned, but somehow, we always end up at Sugar Shack! Ok, what’s the best place for dining out on a special occasion?
KA: Duke’s on the pier and Capt. Jack’s in Sunset are easy go to’s but, BLK Earth – Sea- Spirits owns the best view and great food, and Matsu Japanese is always a special time. Although SeaSalt Woodfire Grill is kinda my new fave cuz I’m such a carnivore 🙂
SCF: Favorite park/beach and why?
KA: Love love Dog Beach. I love dogs and people smiling because they are with their dogs at the beach 🙂
SCF: Do you have a secret/tip to give anyone who wants to visit/live in Huntington Beach? What is it?
KA: Here are my tips:
1. Get to know the side streets, this will save time and frustration for summertime madness. 2. Ask a local, we love to talk about our city. 3. Subscribe to HB Cult on Facebook and @HBCult on Instagram and HBCult.com for insider/local info on all the good and fun stuff for the HB Culture.
Kevin Ashford is the publisher of HB Cult Magazine. Learn more at hbcult.com