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CS LongBeach/Southbay - Introduce yourself!
Posted March 24th, 2011 - 10:03 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hey guys,

There's a lot of discussion going on about possible reorganization of La County's group/messaging system to encourage communication among locals in their nearby communities. While that will be great if/when it happens, I thought we could be proactive down here in the SouthBay/Long Beach area.

So, whether you're in Long Beach, San Pedro, Bellflower...wherever - if you're interested in a more active couchsurfing community, why not introduce yourself in this thread. Maybe you can't make it to the events we host...maybe you're new in town...maybe you just haven't had the opportunity to host/surf, maybe you'd just like to get more acquainted with the community, or maybe you just want to participate to add some new energy into the community down here.

Tell us who you are, how long you've been here, and one secret place / fun thing you like to do in the area. If you have more to share, do it!

I'm Mike the city ambassador for Long Beach. As a CS Ambassador, I answer questions about couchsurfing, promote the organization, and help the community to be as unified and active as possible. I'm not 'in charge' nor do I have any authority. I'm just a resource for information and an organizer. I've been in Long Beach for almost 3 years, and one of my favorite things to do is take surfers on a bike ride to the light house in rainbow harbor where we enjoy a drink or two before heading out to explore the rest of the city. It's a cheap, fun way to show surfers around town.

(I'd like to see this thread have input from AT LEAST 20 different CS'ers in the community since we have over 200 active members, if not lots more! So c'mon - get typing!)

Posted March 24th, 2011 - 11:11 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
This sounds like a great idea! I hope the reorganization does happen...

I'm Maria (= and have been a CS member for less than a year. I have lived in LB for 5 years, what I love about LB is the diverse population. One of my favorite things to do in LB is go salsa dancing on Wednesday nights, they have a live band! so whether or not you know how to dance it's cool to just sit back and listen to the live music. GO BEACH!

Posted July 15th, 2011 - 11:11 pm by from New Delhi, India (Permalink)
hey maria
I am new to lb
I dont know about any place to hang out
please help

Posted July 17th, 2011 - 12:58 pm by from Paramount, United States (Permalink)
where is that place?

Posted July 18th, 2011 - 9:42 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hello Long Beach community! I've grown up in the OC bubble most of my life and other than traveling, this is the 1st time I'm moving elsewhere so I'm super excited to call Long Beach my new home!

The reason I moved here is because I spend most of my social life in LA. I'm a big fan of world culture events there, and I was getting tired of commuting back and forth between OC and LA and wanted to find a fun, convenient and affordable place in between. I'm also a surf instructor in OC and want to expand my lessons to LA beaches, so Long Beach is the perfect midway point close to the beach!

I know nothing about LB other than the few times I've been to downtown so I'm eager to meet local CSers here and explore the local scene! :)

Posted August 2nd, 2011 - 9:07 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
Hello all,

I just moved to Long Beach, and am excited that I made the decision to come here! It seems like an interesting place and you can't beat the weather. I'll be pretty busy this first year so it would be great to meet some local people through CS. Nothing like insider knowledge when you are getting to know a location.

I teach biology at CSU Fullerton but wanted to live by the water (my Santa Cruz roots, I guess). I am in search of an easy-going coed soccer league, so if you know of one let me know. I am looking forward to getting back into surfing, and enjoy all of the typical things (cooking, sports, traveling, blah blah blah).

Anyway, looking forward to meeting some of you.



Posted August 3rd, 2011 - 3:33 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hi Joel!!

Welcome to Long Beach =)))

I hope you are enjoying your time here so far!

If you haven't already I suggest you also join the Long Beach CS groups on Facebook for more instant updates on events in and around Long Beach.




For surfing, I suggest you get in touch with Tom Chino Nguyen, he is a surfing instructor & can give you a lot of great surfing info, tips, etc. ;))


We usually have monthly theme parties put on by Melliot, CS Long Beach Ambassador


There are also monthly potlucks, Taco Tuesdays, and other fun events happening all the time, so please feel free to join us for any of them you like.

Look forward to meeting you at CS events!

Superxicana =)))

Posted August 3rd, 2011 - 3:45 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
welcome Joel! thanks for the shout out Lucero! If you're looking for surf buddies, feel free to join my surf group on FB:

Posted March 25th, 2011 - 12:40 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)

My name is Lucia and I moved here two years ago and I couldn't be happier.
I love LB for its bike friendliness, the beach, constant community events, and cool, friendly people. I especially like 4th St/Retro Row for its assortment of quirky, cool shops, bars, and cafes.

p.s. I love my school too GO BEACH!

Posted March 25th, 2011 - 12:42 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
I am Martin Yeager, and I am a host here Long Beach. I have hosted about 30 couchsurfers from all over the place and have made some great friendships! I hope to continue this by hosting many others.

Posted March 25th, 2011 - 5:28 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)

I'm Wesley, yet another Long Beach transplant. I'm originally from the Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. I haven't lived there for a long time because I was living abroad in Honduras and traveling and couchsurfin' across Central America for a few years. I came out to Long Beach last August shortly after moving back to the States.

I unfortunately have been able to host couchsurfers for the most part due to my roomies not being down with the idea, but I do my best to help out fellow travelers, here and in Central America but contributing what I know to the forums and during the few CS meetings that I am honored to take part in. I love how many great people who I have been able to meet here in Long Beach and SoCal in general since moving out here.

When people visit me or are couchsurfing in Long Beach I have several places I always have them visit: 1) Anaheim street with all the awesome and diverse ethnic foods. 2) East 4th street with all it's cool bars, cafes and shops. 3) Signal Hill park that has amazing views of Long Beach, Orange County and Los Angeles County in general. 4)Los Alamitos Beach at the very end where the little light pole is out on the breakwater by Seal Beach. I see seals and dolphins there all the time.

I love Long Beach for its diversity more than anything. I also will be at Cal State Long Beach starting the fall to work on my Masters. Go Beach!

Tu hermano,

Posted March 25th, 2011 - 6:13 am by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
I am Jared Fenton,

Been involved with CS for around 4 years now. I live in El Segundo and have hosted over 40 CSrs.. I get on with just about anyone, play guitar and sing, fix Porsches for a living, love travelling and just generally exist. Want to know more? read my profile or ask.

Posted March 25th, 2011 - 7:58 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
I am Jawn (and many call me JP). I live in El Segundo, but spend a lot of time in Long Beach.
Born & Raised in Pedro. Lifelong L.A. resident. I hit Portfolio's Coffeehouse on occasion.

My favorite restaurant discovery in 2010 was The Chowder Barge on Terminal Island, (borders LB)
right under the Henry Ford Bridge.Would be a good joint for a LB CS meet-up.
I dig The Long Beach Melodrama Theatre at Shoreline Village for good ole fashioned americana entertainment.

I'm the kind of CS host where, with my recent Spanish couple, I told them when they arrived, "there's the refrigerator with whatever food & drinks you want, the glasses & plates are in that cabinet, that's the futon you're sleeping on is there, the bathroom is over there, but please do not use any of my toilet paper. my toilet paper is very important to me." he just gave her a weird look and asked her in spanish, "did he say his toilet paper is important?" (I was joking.)

Odds & Ends randomness: Just started taking guitar lessons in January. Obsessed with a band called The Brian Jonestown Massacre for about a decade now. I have a 1.5 year old nephew named Travel. (yes, Travel.) I punched a friend playing The Settlers Of Catan because he made an irritating move. Four pictures in my work office are of my niece/nephew, the baseball furies leader from The Warriors, Shirley McClaine & Jack Lemon from The Apartment, Nick Cave's The Proposition movie poster.

pet peeves: gross overestimation of things
(ie I called you a million times yesterday and you didn't answer. it's going to take like a thousand hours to drive there in this heavy traffic.)

I would really like to CS host this guy:

Posted April 5th, 2011 - 3:31 am from Long Beach, United States
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Posted March 28th, 2011 - 4:39 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
My names Halecci "alexi" godoy and I moved to Long Beach last August but have lived in Southern California all my life. I have traveled/toured the U.S. and have seen every major city except Miami. I would like to do more extensive traveling in Mexico and South America (Yucatan peninsula, Columbia, Peru, Honduras, and Brazil!... Please contact me if you'd like a traveling partner!) Currently I am hosting someone from Rochester, NY. When I have guests I like to treat them to Phở off of Anaheim st. (new Phở usually, best broth!!) for food. To cap the night Rock Bottom brewery for locally brewed craft brews and nachos or Congregation ale house for the beer connoisseurs. I love bike rides, Yogurtland, Thai food and microbrews. I would like to meet common minds or anyone who is down for spontaneous travel stints to SF,SD or even south of the border. I'm very open to learn/listen and reflect. I would like to be more active within the Long Beach community.


Posted March 31st, 2011 - 12:10 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hi all!

I moved here in July 2010 from Atlanta and now live by Retro Row. I *love* it here and will take any excuse to go for a bicycle ride, drink beer, meet new people or generally be merry. I'm fairly active with the LB community and look forward to meeting all of you at the next party!

PS I also own Settlers of Catan and will NOT be playing with you, JP. I like my face.


Posted March 31st, 2011 - 4:51 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
I'm Hector and I'm a happy LA Native.

My wife and I recently had a baby, just as we were trying to get more active with CS, so this has obviously made things difficult with almost any type of CS activity (finding sitters n' the like)

We live near retro row, and seem to stay in allot more in recent months (babies apparently require some kind of attention). Though we do manage to hit a late night Hole Mole attack here and there.

I also settle Catan, although I am told I engage in too many dick moves, so I'll have to bring a face mask if we decide to get this going.

Posted March 31st, 2011 - 11:03 pm from Berlin, Germany
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Posted April 4th, 2011 - 11:13 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
Katie, I'll give you two wheat for a brick?
Hector, an ore for a sheep?

sidenote: A dozen of us left out of Long Beach to hit Two Harbors for this past weekend.
Nothing like a hike from Two Harbors to the Catalina Airport seeing wild buffalo
and having late night campfires to get to know people over a good time.
Highly recommended!

Posted April 5th, 2011 - 3:39 am from Long Beach, United States
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Posted April 13th, 2011 - 4:48 pm by from Philadelphia, United States (Permalink)
Hi, couchsurfers! I recently moved to Long Beach in the last couple of weeks from Pennsylvania.

I'm looking to meet new people, see some new places, and get more familiar with this area. Your suggestions for things to do is great. Any additional suggestions would be welcome. In general, I like hiking, the beach, biking, yoga, live music, and having a drink or two!

I am definitely interested in any couchsurfing meetups.


Posted April 13th, 2011 - 5:25 pm by from Dharamsala, India (Permalink)
Hi! I am new too. I haven't gotten involved in the community yet mainly because I was trying to set up some work quick. But I would love to get together. I love anything outdoors too!

Posted April 19th, 2011 - 1:11 am from Berlin, Germany
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Posted April 21st, 2011 - 5:30 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
hi all!

ill be in the area starting saturday for a week and a bit trip. maybe we can all meetup. :)

Posted June 24th, 2011 - 5:11 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)

I lived in Santa Barbara most of my adult life and most of my childhood in Mexico.

My family moved to Long Beach 12 yrs ago & I'm soo excited to now live in the same city as them and to have the opportunity to learn everything this beautiful city has to offer through Couchsurfing =)))

Just got back after finally pursuing my dream of traveling in Latin America, I was able to travel 1 whole year in Mexico & Central America which was AWESOME!!! My next dream is to travel South America & Asia ;)))

I am really looking forward to meeting you all at the SUPER DUPER AWESOME events coming up!!!

Please feel free to hit me up if you need recommendations, tips for Santa Barbara, Mexico & Central America =)))

I love couchsurfing!!!

Superxicana =))))

Posted June 25th, 2011 - 12:46 am from Long Beach, United States
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Posted June 25th, 2011 - 1:27 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hey I'm Maclyn and I just moved over here from the east coast. I never was able to host any cs's but I spent a lot of time with my friend who had cs's all the time (like 3 a week I swear) so I am really looking forward to getting to know the west coast members! (I just got a job over here as an Environmental engineer so if you wanna know about any cool projects in that area hit me up)

Posted June 27th, 2011 - 6:11 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
It is soo cool that I have only been in LB a couple of weeks and have already met a lot of you on this thread =))

I'm looking forward to meeting more awesome couchsurfers in the near future =))

I'm glad more and more of us are coming out to enjoy our beautiful city of Long Beach the way only couchsurfers can =))

You are all AWESOME!!!

Posted June 29th, 2011 - 6:00 pm by from Portland, United States (Permalink)
I've lived in Long Beach for about a year, sandwiched between Retro Row and Anaheim St.
I love how central Long Beach is.
I like riding my bike to Seal Beach and Sunset Beach, I've had lunch on the concrete slopes of the LA River, always am discovering new parks, all of the seemingly randomly-placed oil rigs, variety of architecture... dance old-school go-go at a dive bar every other Wednesday.
I haven't met many people, to my dismay, and am hoping that maybe I will through couchsurfing.

Posted July 5th, 2011 - 9:46 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
Hello LB! I am Brian and I have been here 2 days now! I have lived around the L.A. area for the last 11 years but am originally from Wisconsin. I was just about to take a place in the West Hills but then someone mentioned Long Beach and so I decided to get a place here instead as I really like the Long Beach group and have come to several events here. I thought I would spend my last 2 months here in Long Beach as I think it would be a great place for last California memories before I start my Masters in Italy this Fall!

I know very little about Long Beach and hope to explore its amazing attractions. I am especially looking for beautiful hiking places in or around LB. I however plan to increase my frequency of attending events down here and I hope to meet you all!


Posted July 6th, 2011 - 3:08 am by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
hi, i'm leon. i grew up in long beach and just got back from 2 years around the world soooo....i live in my sister's garage, back in the same neighborhood i went to highschool in, which was not fun and since i was eager to leave the place, i actually don't know any one here i'm not related to so.....looking forward to meetingh you all.

Posted July 6th, 2011 - 3:27 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Welcome to Long Beach Brian & Leon =)))

Look forward to meeting you both!!

Superxicana =)))

Posted July 15th, 2011 - 12:05 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
I'm just giving this a bump in case any of the 200+ new members decide to join the group and introduce yourselves....!

Posted July 15th, 2011 - 11:13 pm by from New Delhi, India (Permalink)
I am just having 3rd day in long beach
Dont understand how to meet here
presently I live in cypress though
but I really want to join you people
How to do it

Posted August 3rd, 2011 - 5:17 pm by from San Jose, United States (Permalink)
Hi All,

My name is Alissa. I'm from Lakewood, but have been living in Santa Cruz or Spain for the past 8 years (except some summers back home). I have been to a few CS events here last summer and the summer before, but as I plan to be staying in Long Beach for a while, I decided it would be great to rejoin the group.

I just returned to the States from Spain a week ago and am still adjusting to the time difference and the culture shock. I hope to meet you soon and get more integrated into the life here.

Best wishes,


Posted September 27th, 2011 - 3:02 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
My name is angel, and I just moved to Long Beach in July, but I moved to CA earlier this year from New Orleans. For the few months that I have been living in LBC, I have tried to attend many events, art shows, community events. & festivals, and I am absolutely in love with this place!

I am still trying to get more connected with the community here, and I am excited to meet more people so that I can learn about the great secrets long beach has to offer.

I am an artist, biker, musician, advocate for North Korea, and general adventurer. Let's be friends!

Posted September 27th, 2011 - 3:13 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Welcome Angel! I just moved here too and like you, love love this community! If you're free this Wed, I'm hosting a potluck at my place and you'll be able to meet a lot of the CSers here!

If you're on FB, feel free to join:

Posted September 27th, 2011 - 3:16 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
woops...forget to give a warm welcome to Alissa too! I would love to know if you saw the beaches during your time in Northern Spain...I hear the waves there are epic for surfing.

Posted October 16th, 2011 - 6:16 pm by from Memphis, United States (Permalink)
Hey guys! I'm matt, new to the LB area... Lovin it out here, I think I'm gonna settle down for a bit, but I'm excited to get deeper into the CSing community.

I'm from Ca originally, but I've been traveling/out and about for a long time. I'm excited to see what this town has for me, and I hope to get to know you all well.

Posted October 16th, 2011 - 11:09 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
welcome matt...(or...david?)

Posted November 26th, 2011 - 6:33 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
Hey all!

I figured I'd keep this 7-month post going with http://www.yelp.com/biz/beachwood-brewing-and-bbq-long-beachnother new face. I live in Lawndale (The South Bay) and I go to CSU Long Beach (Go Beach!!!!) I'm not sure if this merger ever happened or is going to .. I don't keep with updates (eek!)

I've lived in the South Bay area for almost 8 years now and I love the CS community, unfortunately I haven't gotten to enjoy it as much as I wish I could.

I'm currently in Long Beach 3 days a week for school and would love to get more involved with the CS community. One place I went to once and would like to go back to is Beachwood Brewery on 3rd/Long Beach Blvd. It is an amazing new brewery/southern BBQ (I'm talking alligator sammich on the specials sometimes). The brewmaster is awesome!


Posted November 26th, 2011 - 6:34 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
I can't wait to meet you all and have some good old fashioned CS fun!


Posted November 27th, 2011 - 7:14 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
sounds nifty tania. welcome.

Posted November 30th, 2011 - 8:40 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
yeah except for the fact that I've gotten food poisoning every time I've eaten there, and the staff are terrible. Congregation or bust.

Posted January 12th, 2012 - 10:32 pm by from Durand, United States (Permalink)
Hello everyone!!!

I would like to introduce myself.

My name is Michael Rivera, I have gone thru a lot of crazy shit these last few years since the Air Force. I don't really have much other than my music, laptop, backpack, clothes on my back, headphones and a little bit of money which will last me a month at least. I am not worried about food and water. I can find that stuff without money.

Currently I live in Durand, Michigan (20 Miles away from Flint, Michigan... Ouch...)

I am trying to find shelter for when I travel out there in the end of Feb. But I bought a tent so I am still willing to do it the hard way.

I have many friends out there already but they do not have the means to help shelter me at the moment, so I am coming here to ask for help :)

What I am looking to do is work to obtain 1000 dollars to invest into the Searl Effect Generator for a preferred share. I already have 500 invested into it. The R&D Location is east of San Diego, but I will go there when I need to, espicially before the company goes public. I NEED that preferred share!!!

This is what the device does. I have seen it with my very eyes. It WILL change the world. Say goodbye to oil!


But what I am asking is this, a place to stay, help to find a job, a place to play my music, meet promotors and learn about the nightclub industry as much as humanly possible. I spin (dubstep/drum and bass/electro house/goa/trance, just to name a few) I will do anything I am needed of to help. I have stayed in the IE once already couchsurfing before I found this website and I have a few friends from the area I can give you their Facebooks so they can vouch for me since they are not on this website.

I am a Medical Marijuana paitent in Michigan, but it is for a good reason. I was in survival school in the Air Force and was starved for a few weeks. Ever since then it is hard for me to get an appititte. So my doctor said Marijuana is the best choice for me. So I am 4:20 friendly, I just don't do it all the time. I stay away from cigarettes, but I do smoke a cigar every so often. I like to have a few drinks when I go out as well, but nothing too crazy. I guess I just love to have a great time!

All in all, I think this is a good intro, there is a lot to get to learn and know from me, there is a lot I can teach about the current status of the planet is as well, I am involved with many things that are trying to change the world for the better. These last few years has been a hell of a ride. Might as well make 2012 the best year ever!

I am very excited to meet whoever the universe puts in my path.

Take care all!
Michael Robert Rivera


My Facebook


Posted January 12th, 2012 - 11:20 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Welcome Michael. Since you're a new member, I'd recommend before coming out here, to attend local meetings and meet CSers in your area, get some friends and positive references..you'll learn a lot from experienced members there and will help you hit the ground running here..good luck:

Posted January 13th, 2012 - 1:36 am by from Durand, United States (Permalink)
I understand, but I have a very limited timeframe I'm looking at. I will be moving my entire life out there in Feburary.

Thank you for the refrence for that group! I will try my best to connect with them, but it is mostly the people from the Long Beach area I am looking to communicate with.

There is nothing that is going to sway me from coming out there. I understand the risk I am taking completely of moving out there with so little, but people have done even more amazing things with less than me.

Posted January 13th, 2012 - 5:10 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
I think the point Tom is trying to make is that people trust others who have quite a bit of references and friends on here in addition to a complete and thoughtful profile. It's going to be hard finding a host or folks who walk to help you if they don't feel your are legitimate. The completed profile, references and friends on here who can vouch for you is how we measure that. So it's good to build up your profile and references before you come out here and while you are still out there so people are more apt to help you with your goals. What you are asking for is pretty lofty and a lot work on our end. This may be a bit confusing but I hope you understand the gist of it.

Good luck man.

Posted January 13th, 2012 - 10:26 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Wes is right. As city ambassador I host monthly meetings to achieve just that - letting new members and those with more experience connect to build a reputation of trust and respect. It's an imperfect system, but for the most part is works. Please, trust the people with 20+ references when they say your references will make you a more appealing couch guest.

Domestic surfers (non internationals) experience significant criticism when looking for couches. Many of us who host want people there for the experience, not just a free place to stay from some NuWave Hippies. I'm not saying that's what you are, but I think you can appreciate the sentiment. No one wants to be used when they are opening up their hearts and homes to strangers. It's not entirely altruistic. There is a definite drive of kindness, but it's about a genuine desire to connect with various individuals, and the histories and cultures they bring with them. By being a community member first and a couch seeker second, you greatly increase your hostability with many hosts in this organization.

Warm Regards,

Posted January 13th, 2012 - 2:12 pm by from Durand, United States (Permalink)
I understand everything you all are saying. =)

I will work on my profile as it is new, so I have not been able to be very detailed with it.

I just don't know how to give you refrences because I am not interested in going to anything local here in Michigan or couch surfing. I can give names and Facebooks for people in the Area who know me, I can get a hold of them too if it gets to that point where it is comfortable for everyone to meet and greet on the phone or skype or whatnot.

I am moving to Long Beach regardless if I get a "free ride" on a couch.. I bought a tent for a reason. Even if I did get to stay on someones couch, I would not feel right unless I was helping my host with anything they needed to earn my right to be there. I have worked my ass off my entire life to have nothing to show for it other than my music, my life experiences and my knowledge of this generator.

I joined this site to network with people in Long Beach and ask for help. Not Sleep on their couch and be a bum. It was a request I made in my first post, but I really dont care if I stay at anyones house. I just hope I can get help and not have people thinking I want to use them. That is one of my biggest pet pieves. I hate watching people use people, I have only given to people and it has got me no where in life other than people using me. I love people way too much to use them. We need to work together to better each other. I have to better myself mentally, physically and spiritually and the only way I can do that is live in Long Beach for the time being and do what I need to do to become a good man to help other people in return. My heart will not ever let me give up. I am the one I have been waiting on. Every day is a new amazing day for me, no matter how much every day is the same here in Durand, Michigan.. You just need to open your hearts and understand I am a real person too trying to live happy like you all are. It is hell where I live. If I could only show you.

I will be involved in community events when I am in LBC. You may know someone named Tony Damico who is involved in a lot of community events out there such as the Long Beach Time Exchange. He is a very good friend of mine. He is in the process of moving at the time I head out there so that is one reason I will not have shelter. But he is helping me out a lot with my move so far.

Maybe some CS users can meet me face to face at an event there in LBC. Before anyone welcomes me in their house of course. I really don't even care about staying on a couch, I'll sleep outside, under a tree, wherever I need to. I just need to find work to make a stupid measly 1000 dollars and make it to San Diego. (Which by then I should be on my feet to get there alone, unless we become good enough friends to where anyone would like to see this thing operate)

I have friends out there that are helping me with what I need to do so i kind of have solid footing when I get there.. But every day is ticking down and I have a little over a month before I make my move out there.

Also....... I am not a NuWave hippie, I dislike when people label each other, its so un-nessacary! I work my ass off to be able to experience the things I have been able to. But I don't usally talk to people about them because I hate bragging about myself or what I have done in life because I have done A LOT being only 25.

I am a disabled Air Force Veteran, I have very solid core values..
Integrity, Service before Self and Excellence in all I do.

I live and die by those values.

I can use veteran services and if there is a veterans homeless shelter there I can use those services.

I just hope someone has any understanding what I am going thru. I am so down to earth but I am going thru the worst times of my life right now. I am sorry for bothering you all.

Most of all, I hate saying "I"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted January 13th, 2012 - 6:10 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
what's wrong with NuWave Hippies? lol...I agree Michael..labels are unnecessary. Most everyone in this community shares an all-inclusive, non-judgmental and open spirit and we look forward to meeting you. We have Taco Tuesdays and a potluck at a different member's home each month so mark this in your calendar for Feb. when you arrive:

2/14 Long Beach Taco Tuesday

2/29 Long Beach Hump Day & CS Friendship Potluck

Posted January 13th, 2012 - 6:14 pm by from Durand, United States (Permalink)
nothing is wrong with them, I just don't like labels lol.

But I am looking forward to meeting everyone. I will keep everyone posted.

Just showing my intentions on here at least.

Feliz 2012

Posted January 13th, 2012 - 10:53 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
i would pretty much echo what tom and everyone else has said but offer suggestions that would help your goals. but i have some more to add...

it seems you're coming to long beach with basically no money and no job, and a primary goal of "investing" 1000 bucks in questionable technology, instead of paying rent.

i always keep an open mind about the things, but the Searl Effect Generator is a scam. On its face, so much is wrong. We already have "free" and "unlimited" energy, and its called sun and wind. Its the harnessing, storing, and delivering thats massively expensive. in california, there are billions of dollars of VC money that goes to all kinds of startups. if the generator were gonna change the world, they wouldn't need your 1,000 bucks. on top of that, a company generally doesnt go public without a profitable product, or a solid customber base. they have neither. you're involving yourself in a scam.

in your own words "I have only given to people and it has got me no where in life other than people using me." i would say the Searl people would be yet another instance of people using and taking advantage of you, as you say people have in the past.

it probably was a little offputting to some potential hosts when you say you have no interest in meeting CSers in your current home town. there are great people everywhere, even in a town or city where you dont feel like you belong.

CS is an open minded, sharing community, and yes you say you're willing to live in a tent or homeless shelter, but opportunity to surf indefinitely with a CSer for free is very limited, especially if you're earning money to "invest".

that said, with your strong core values, and friendliness, many people in long beach or any couchsurfing community in the world would want to meet you. just come to the gatherings, or create a gathering of your own.

Posted January 14th, 2012 - 2:23 pm by from Durand, United States (Permalink)
"it seems you're coming to long beach with basically no money and no job,
and a primary goal of "investing" 1000 bucks in questionable
technology, instead of paying rent."

-Welcome to the real America. It is all ABOUT RISKS. No one does that anymore because they are "comfortable" with what they have. I am not and I will not stop until I am happy....

And yes, I have money, I am looking FOR a job, I have people I am talking to about getting over there, Why do people keep thinking I want to have a FREE ride on their couch. That is thinking so linear. I just wanted to look for help, how hard is that to ask? Apparently very hard. I thought LB was better than this. That is what oh so many people have told me.

And how do you know the SEG is a scam? You have no right to make that claim at the moment, come back with real information about how it is a scam then talk to me about that. Have you done any research on it yet? If so, PLEASE prove to me that it is a scam. Wind and Solar are good supplemental energies. They will never be a primary source of power. There are WAY too many factors for SP and WP to create energy. Don't get me wrong, its a step in the right direction. But it will never feed our need for constant energy.

"in your own words "I have only given to people and it has got me no
where in life other than people using me." i would say the Searl people
would be yet another instance of people using and taking advantage of
you, as you say people have in the past."

-That is complete and total assumption. If I get used, I get used, I am used to it. I'd rather risk it all like how the wright brothers showed the world we can fly.

It seems to me in my perception that your lives are set up and happy. I don't care what anyone thinks of me anymore on here. I am trying so damn hard to be happy and help people, but everywhere I go people can only hate on me. So Fuck it. I appreaciate all the positive feedback and I do take it to heart. It just seems like since I started this, people are trying to get me to not go out there. Nothing is going to stop me, I am sorry.

So I am gonna do my thing, myself, risk it all, or die trying in the process. Nothing in my life matters anymore to me other than helping others. And I will put my life on the line to do just that. I'll see you all at a meeting when I get out there. Cheers


Posted January 14th, 2012 - 2:55 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
none of this was personal. no one was "hating on you". this was simply constructive criticism. you came across as wanting a free ride, when you say your alternative is to sleep in a tent or homeless shelter. that implies you dont have any money to pay your own way, once you move. if we're intepreting it wrong, let us know.

you're asking for help...and we all do what we can. and my help is to suggest that you take a second look at the SEG. i could be silent when a fellow CSers is about to get scammed out of 1000 bucks, but i chose not to. if it takes your being angry at me, ill accept that, if you'll take a second look at this "investment". you can do what you want in the end, but investing in the SEG isnt taking a risk. its a guarantee that you'll never see that money again. money comes and money goes, but it feels horrible to have been scammed, and that feeling can stay with you longer than simply the loss of the money.

who is trying to keep you from coming to california? you should go anywhere you want, especially if you dont like where you are right now. we're merely offering advice, based on our individual experience, on how to use the CS community to enhance your travels, and time in CA.

Posted January 14th, 2012 - 3:33 pm by from Durand, United States (Permalink)
I understand everything you are saying, its just from all the stress accumulating in my life that is why I am so edgy. So I apologize if you thought I was angry. Because I'm not, just frusterated with life more than anything. And it always boils down to invisible money.

The biggest thing is that I don't care about money. I would rather put 1000 into a company so I actually have a "preferred share" and part ownership of the company with votes, even if the company succeeds or fails. I have 1/3 invested into it already. The largest investment has over 150,000 dollars into it. I can prove all this to you but I would have to talk to you personally because it is private information. I would much rather risk investing than waste my money on getting yet another car or something else that takes more money and resources away from you. If I throw away 1500, whatever... The Bank of International Settlements has Quintillions upon Quintillions of fake money that they withhold from the planet. So who really cares in the end about $1500 right? I am just a speck of dirt on this planet anyways.

With the hate thing, it's just that I feel hated all day, it is just how I was raised I guess. My problem that I have to deal with.

I have money, just not money to waste on silly things. Thats why I dont mind living in a shelter or tent so I can go to work every day, come back and do it again. When I get what i need, I plan on going down to SD before i give them the rest of the money so I can see it again, how far it has came along (yes i get regular updates and videos) get my stock. This is the biggest move of my life. Yes, I don't have much, but this is how people better theirselves if their situation sucks. I need a change for the good and every fibre tells me LB is the key.

I am not going to stop no matter what.

Posted January 19th, 2012 - 6:02 am by from Tahoe City, United States (Permalink)
Hey everyone here. I am 20 years old, grew up in the bay area and then moved out to fort collins co for family. So now me and my girlfriend are moving back but to Long beach this time. I work as a personal trainer so i'm excited to start work.

I currently don't know anyone on this site. would be really interested in meeting people from the area that i will soon be living in.

Posted January 19th, 2012 - 7:45 pm by from Santa Cruz, United States (Permalink)
Hello fellow Long Beach-ers! I just wanted to introduce myself on here... my name is Katie, 26 years old, laid back, chill, friendly, adventurer originally from Baltimore, MD! I decided or I guess realized when I graduated college that office jobs, and just the "stereotypical" life is not for me. I have been working in outdoor/environmental education over the past few years so I have gotten to live and work in a lot of badass places. To me, life is short, enjoy it, why wait to do something when you can do it now?!

Starting in February I will be living and working on a wooden tallship called the American Pride in Long Beach! I love the couchsurfing network and always like to stay involved as much as I can. I am pretty much down for anything and everything!

Posted January 20th, 2012 - 2:01 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hey Katie, my name is Martin and I wanted to welcome you to LBC and invite you to come chill and party while meeting some cool new friends when you get a chance. Hit me up. Peace Out!!

Posted January 20th, 2012 - 1:58 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hey what's up Bro! My name is Martin and I wanted welcome you and your girlfriend to LBC! Hit me up and I will invite you guys over to chill sometime man. Peace Out!!

Posted February 3rd, 2012 - 9:17 pm from Bellflower, United States
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Posted February 4th, 2012 - 9:57 am by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
Hi LB CSs, I just want to thank you for your initiative in getting people together. My name is Kamal and I’m from Saudi Arabia. I will be visiting long beach as I am attending a course from April 3 to 5, 2012. I am 42 years old and I work for an oil company as an HR Analyst. I have bachelor degree in biomedical engineering and Masters in Business Administration. I’m an easy going person and triple free guy. I’m a mature and easy going person and I’m sure that we will be able to understand each other and go along. I hope if we could meet for coffee or drink during my free time from April 5 to 9, 2012 or if anyone would like to host me I will be so appreciated. Nothing boring like visiting a place such as LB and don’t be able to meet locals and hangout with them.

Posted February 4th, 2012 - 5:34 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
hi kamal. welcome to long beach. you're probly not going to get alot of people offering to host you. you kind of have to send out requests, generally alot of them.

Posted February 4th, 2012 - 6:09 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hi Kamal!
Yes, welcome to LB, melting pot of SoCal!
Just send couch request to me and my boyfriend Robi and i will be glad to host you and show what LB has to offer!
Talk to you soon,

Posted March 25th, 2012 - 8:01 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Us, Long Beachians, have a lot of those crazy stories huh? I know I have a couple under my belt!

Posted March 25th, 2012 - 10:36 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Welcome to the CS community, Alexis! We're a very active and friendly group here in Long Beach and we have 2 monthly events:
Taco Tuesdays every 2nd Tuesday of the month:

Friendship Potluck every last Wednesday of the month...if you're free this Wed, come!

If you're on FB, also join our group as well as the neighboring LA and OC groups!

I look forward to meeting you soon at one of our events! :)

Posted February 5th, 2012 - 12:25 pm by from Vienna, Austria (Permalink)
Just meeting CSs from LB is an honor for me. I’m so delighted to get together and exchange cultures and experiences with you. I hope to see you all in April 2012.

Thank you,


Posted February 7th, 2012 - 4:56 am by from Rostock, Germany (Permalink)

I'm Isi from Germany and I have been living in Long Bach for the past 2 months or so and it just occurred to me that joining the CS group might not be a bad idea :)
I won't be here for much longer unfortunately, I am only here for a 10 week internship at the Aquarium in San Pedro.
My girlfriend Carola will be visiting next week and we hope to go to and see stuff in and around the Los Angeles/Long beach area.
We're especially interested in theme parks, so we'll be going to Knott's and Six Flags - let us know if you wanna join! I'll be making a post about it too :)
So far, my favorite thing to do has actually been working at the cabrillo aquairum in San Pedro. So come on down, it's free and I'm there Mon - Fri, except Wednsday. I'll give you a behind the scenes tour! Come on and check out our jellies, rockfish and other SoCal species :)

See you around :)

Posted February 7th, 2012 - 6:54 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Welcome everyone! For the ones here, and the ones coming, hope to meet you at one of our regular monthly events! We have Taco Tuesdays every 2nd Tuesday of the month, and a potluck dinner at a different person's house the last Wednesday of each month!

Posted March 25th, 2012 - 7:57 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
OMG CS'ers I'm so excited to explore with you all! My name is super difficult and 99% of people can actually pronounce it so, I go by my middle name, Alexis. I've been here in long beach forever! Lol, a more realistic number is probably 19-20 years lol, I grew up here! So, now I'm supposed to tell you a secret place. Well, I don't know about secret but I love to walk the trail near the rain runoffs behind drake park. My boyfriend and I walked all the way toward the north long beach before we turned back. Its a different scenery, to me.

I love to be active so CS sporting activities would probably suit me the best. I'm no stranger to socializing, either. I definitely want to host an event or to so look out for my activities.

See you all very soon!!

Alexis <3

Posted April 16th, 2012 - 3:51 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hey everyone -
i'm from the bay area but have lived in LB for a year and a half now, and love it!

As far as things to do here...I'm a huge fan of paddle boarding and kayaking in LB, and go salsa dancing any chance I get, so if you want recommendations on where to go, let me know!

I look forward to meeting more of you!


Posted April 16th, 2012 - 3:55 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hi Elisa!
Welcome! theres a lot of us salseros here! there's a group who just started going regularly to Sevilla on Wed..if youre interested in joining them, contact Lucero (http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/superxicana/) or Jasmine (http://www.couchsurfing.org/people/jasminhussain/) or join the LB CS group to talk to them directly there:

Posted April 19th, 2012 - 3:33 pm by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
Hi everyone, I am Johan. I have not been very active with CS here in LA although I have been a part of CS since 2006. I used to be fairly active when I lived in Argentina but ever since moving to LA again in 2010 I have not participated much. would love to meet some folks and share some new experiences.



Posted April 24th, 2012 - 3:40 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hi, I've lived in Long Beach for about 10 yrs now (originally from KS) and a CS member for a year or so..haven't participated much at all but I really want to kick it into gear and meet some people! I love Long Beach and hitting the beach path, LA River Trail, and San Gabriel River Trail on my bike, along with exploring cool restaurants and coffeehouses (there's a ton of them). I don't drink (yeah I know I'm weird) but have no problem hanging out at a club/bar and getting to know people. Anyone up for a bike ride, grab a bite to eat or chill at a local coffeehouse?

Posted April 24th, 2012 - 3:45 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Welcome Johan and Andy! You'll find we're a very friendly and active community here with 2 monthly events where we love to socialize and make new friends...our Taco Tuesdays at a different place every 2nd Tuesday and our potlucks at a different person's home every last Wednesday. If you're free this Wed, we'd love to meet you:

Posted August 15th, 2012 - 8:38 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hi everyone!
I just arrived in LB to study at CalState and don't know anybody here.
Still new to the city, it gives the impression that many cool things go on, but just don't know where and how :)
I would love to meet locals if you organize some meetup!

Posted August 16th, 2012 - 12:02 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Welcome Giorgio! We're a very active and friendly community and you just missed our monthly Taco Tuesday last night:

If you're on FB, you can also join our group there too:

Posted August 17th, 2012 - 5:40 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
It looks like you did have some fun!!
I'll definitely try to be there next time...

Posted August 20th, 2012 - 2:28 am by from Chula Vista, United States (Permalink)
Hi all :)

I just moved to Long Beach from San Diego to be closer to the Rebellious Truths (http://rebellioustruths.org) office in Newport Beach.

I went to college at The New School in New York City and received my BA in Social Inquiry last May. New York is definitely not for me, haha. I'm thinking I'll eventually end up in Seattle.

The CouchSurfing community in San Diego is amazing. I'm really going to miss those folks. They have Tipsy Tuesday every week plus bonfires, hikes, and other activities all the time. I made some good friends through those gatherings . . .

I hope to find that same San Diego CS spirit here in Long Beach. I look forward to meeting you all :)

Posted August 20th, 2012 - 6:39 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Welcome to LB Christian! we are indeed a very active, friendly community here, as well as the greater LA CS community and the OC community just south of us!

We have Taco Tuesdays every 2nd Tuesday and the LA group has weekly bar meetups every Thursday at a different bar, and we have a monthly potluck dinner at a different member's house every last Wednesday of the month! Every MOnday, you can find a group of us here:

I encourage you to join all the groups and hope to meet you at one of our events soon!

Long Beach:

Los Angeles:

Orange County:

Posted August 20th, 2012 - 6:40 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
and speaking of SD, I hope to meet members of your community when we go down there for Brazilian Day!

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Posted September 6th, 2012 - 3:07 am by from Seal Beach, United States (Permalink)
Howdy, I'm Glen. I just got an apartment in Seal beach this past weekend. I moved here from NY. I've been aware of couchsurfing for ages, but did not become active until traveling to South America in 2009. I've made some amazing connections through here in some incredible places. And have also been helped out of some pretty dicey situation. Really some of the most interesting and best moments, I've experienced through the help of this site. So, I am thrilled to give back however I can!

Posted September 7th, 2012 - 9:52 pm by from Lancaster, United States (Permalink)
HOLA! Im Johnatan friends call me Johnny, Im new to the area moved to the OC couple months ago looking to make new friends and have new experiences. At the moment I can host, I have a car so im usually mobile, and I am always up for something fun! Hope to meet you soon! Till then...Safe travels, and EPIC nights!!!

Posted September 7th, 2012 - 10:55 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Bienvenidos, Glen and Johnny! We're a very active & friendly community here in Socal (Long Beach, LA, OC, IE)!

If you haven't joined the other groups, you can:
Los Angeles:
Long Beach:
Orange County:
Inland Empire:

Here are some of the regular meetups:
1st Tuesdays: CS IE Taco Tue
2nd Tuesdays: CS LB Taco Tue
3rd Tuesdays: CS OC Taco Tue
Every Thursday: CS LA bar meetup
Last Wednesdays: CS Potluck dinner
...as well as many other events members post so I hope to meet you both soon!

Posted September 12th, 2012 - 10:10 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hi! I'm Sara. I was born and raised in Long Beach, but moved to Idyllwild for boarding arts school, then Pennsylvania for college. I studied abroad in the Czech Republic where I found out about Couchsurfing. Since then I've surfed in Vienna, Liverpool, and a bunch of states in the US. I just moved back to LB semi-permanently for the first time in 6 years (anyone looking for a roommate?). Hope to get more involved in Long Beach couchsurfing!

Posted September 12th, 2012 - 4:00 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
welcome back to LB, Sara! As of a couple of weeks ago, Angel was still looking for a roommate...here's her original post:

we're a very friendly active community here and if you read my last post here, there are many regular events and if you're on facebook, join our groups there too to see what's going on!

This week's is at the downtown Art Walk and I'm taking my German CSer there so feel free to join us:

Posted September 12th, 2012 - 6:00 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
I would love to join! I'm a big fan of the arts...and Germans!

Posted November 5th, 2012 - 2:32 pm by from New York, United States (Permalink)
Hi, My name is Marek I am journalist and on December 30th I am going to California.

My plan is to prepare TV stories for Slovak and Czech TV stations. I wanna live close to the ocean. In Europe it is pretty cold now :-)

Long Beach looks really good. I love bikes, sport and the sun. LB could be the right choice :)

I've been in Colombia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and once in Nevada and NYC. I want to travel a lot and discover new places. This colud be really big change for me. I feel a little uneasiness but on the other hand I this will be great experience.

See u soon :)


Posted November 6th, 2012 - 12:42 am by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
Hi Marek!

That's really cool that you are moving to Long Beach =)

No need to feel uneasy, I'm sure you are going to love it!

There are a lot of new friends waiting for you.

I would encourage you to look for places to live on craigslist.org or with other couchsurfers.

Good luck!

Posted November 6th, 2012 - 9:08 am by from New York, United States (Permalink)
In these days I am searching more informations on the web. I found many videos about biking in Long Beach :) This could be great.

I hope that other couchsurfers can give me some advice about interesting places for making TV stories. I'll be happy to join some of your meetings :)

Thank you once again for your encourage,


Posted November 6th, 2012 - 10:36 pm by from Long Beach, United States (Permalink)
There's a night ride every tuesday evening I believe. I'd highly suggest contacting Katie Taylor about all things biking in Long Beach. If you're a bit of an insomniac, I'm always looking for a midnight/1am midweek ride partner. My pup's gotten old and I can't get her to keep up, but I'd like some company for a 2-5 mile ride!


Posted December 12th, 2012 - 6:20 am by from Geneva, United States (Permalink)
Hi all! I've been thinking about doing a little traveling and decided to finally check out this Couchsurfing thing I've heard so much about.

Since moving to LB I've really fallen in love with the place. Met a lot of cool people and had a lot of great experiences. Hoping to continue that trend as I host surfers and go surfing myself!

Posted December 17th, 2012 - 4:34 am by from Toronto, Canada (Permalink)
I'm looking for some 'couches' on my travels around the world because I love meeting new people and going on amazing adventures. I like traveling this way because it gives the oppertunity to making new friends, and learn something about different backgrounds.I am speaking to students, and events EVERYONE about 'Helmet Awareness'. One day 8 years ago, I was a professional snowboarder, I had Suford a 'Brain - Injury ', but it was a blessing. Today I have the greatest Job of Traveling the world, promoting the use of a helmet, Saving lives, making people aware of the safety of a helmet, and how important it is BECAUSE people dont want to go through what I have, or even DIE.

I was wearing a helmet. I lived. 1 hit to the head caused a Brain-Injury, 2 would have deferentially killed me, but the helmet was there. A helmet saved my life. So I today owe my life to helmets.

As well I'm making my recovery videos, and doing 'yoga', as Yoga heals, and it is so amazing...

If you have time, you can even help film, when Ill be doing fun stuff about helmets, and my recovery.

So if you got a couch, let me know! :)

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Posted March 1st, 2013 - 12:21 am by from San Francisco, United States (Permalink)

I'm an international student from France. I study at Cal State Long Beach for one semester.
I'm not going to stay for a long time, but I hope I will be able to meet the CS community!

See ya~

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Posted August 5th, 2013 - 8:37 am by from Los Angeles, United States (Permalink)
Hi, my name's John Choo and I just moved to Long Beach.

I'm looking to travel a lot in the future, and it would be great to meet other people that are also interested in traveling too.

I'll be hosting a weekly event in Long Beach for Happy Hour.

Right now, it will be at George's Greek Cafe on Pine Ave. on the first Monday of every month from 3pm to 7pm.

It's also a 1-minute walk to the Metro Station in Downtown Long Beach.

I also do a lot of bike riding around Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Hollywood, UCLA, USC, & the Beaches to do street photography.

Posted February 12th, 2014 - 2:11 am by from Montpellier, France (Permalink)
hi everyone!
i'm gratien from france. i plan to enter the worlds jiu-jitsu championships at long beach ca (29-31 may) and i anm looking for an acomodation. any kind of help will be warmly welcome. i am super exited to get there.
kind regards