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Get your adrenaline pumping with these outdoor activities and overall gnar cultural experiences found only in Oxnard.
Carve up the coastline at Oxnard's epic beaches, with waves known to be powerful year-round. Our breaks aren't for beginners, but for intermediate to expert level surfers who enjoy a challenge, our beaches are a surfer's paradise.
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Oxnard has its very own hardcore punk music subgenre, and if you're familiar with the subculture, you know that "Nardcore for life" is a way of life. By combining the words ‘Oxnard’ and ‘hardcore’, Nardcore is a reference to the Oxnard hardcore punk scene. Ventura County’s coastal suburban community was the spawning ground for many hardcore punk bands of the early 1980s and became a hotbed for punk and skate bands. Their collective sound became known as Nardcore.
The Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center (OPAC), known in the 80’s as the Civic Auditorium and Community Center, was home to legendary Nardcore shows during the first wave of the genre, featuring bands like False Confession, Aggression, Dr. Know, and Ill Repute. Recently, the OPAC nonprofit has sought to support this unique music scene by providing accessible space for new bands and emerging promoters as well as launching an audio engineering academy for teens and young adults who want to learn the ins and outs of producing their own shows. The academy, led by Jesiah Henricksen of Onyx Productions, teaches audio engineering, lighting design and stage management and is free to participants thanks to grant support from the California Arts Council. The academy has graduated nearly 20 students.
Check out Da Nard Times, a hardcore punk fanzine from Oxnard. Looking for a show? Mrs. Olson's is the local hotspot for Nardcore shows, plus check out posts by Oxnard Nardcore event producers @mos_higha, @midnightsocietyproductions and @undergroundsoundproductions.
The jutting cliffs of Anacapa Island are sure to have acrophiles, those who love heights, chomping at the bit to board an excursion to Channel Islands National Park. As you disembark your Island Packers excursion via ladder climb, you'll proceed to climb 150 vertical stairs to reach the island's plateau. With up to 250-foot drops into the sea from the upper shelf of the island, the bluffs are sure to have you sweating as you near their edge. But, the views are unparalleled. Please stick to the trails, and respect plant and wildlife.
We know you'll enjoy our beautiful destination, its authentic culture and welcoming people. With 7 miles of pristine coastline and one of California's largest harbors for small-craft recreation, you'll find tons of opportunities to get extreme.
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