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Action sports capital of the world

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Hurley Skater
Costa Mesa is to the action sports industry as Silicon Valley is to computers. The city, about a mile from the Pacific Ocean, has given birth or is now home to many of the leading companies in the surf-skate-wear industry, including Hurley (shown above), Volcom, RVCA, Rip Curl, and Vans.

Costa Mesa's Westside, with reasonable rents and proximity to the Pacific Ocean (about one mile), has proven fertile soil for action sports companies and even businesses that cater to their customers such as Wahoo's Fish Tacos.

The youth culture vibe has also sparked cutting edge retail centers in Costa Mesa such as The Camp, The Lab and the SoCo Collection.