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Scene from Samson Chan video used in San Diego bid for 2017 World Beach Games. Image via

These and other luminaries are featured in the 3-minute video that helped San Diego win the 2017 ANOC World Beach Games, posted publicly Thursday for the first time.

Full of slow-motion shots and gorgeous sunsets, the video was produced by Emmy-winner (eight times) Samson Chan, who recently moved to San Diego

“This is called America’s Finest City for a reason,” says Bob Babbitt, co-founder of Competitor Publishing and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. “It’s also Amercia’s finest people.”

“We love living every single second of every single day,” says another narrator.

Also shown are Fernando Aguerre, president of the La Jolla-based International Surfing Association, who in 1996 organized the first World Surfing Games, and Anna Santoro, a San Diego surfing coach and San Diego Mesa College graduate.

Cinematographer Chan, who has profiled athletes for recent NBC Olympic coverage, “captures the authentic [view] of our beach culture, which was a critical element in the decision making,” said local organizing committee leader Vincent Mudd.

The Association of National Olympic Committees, meeting last week in Washington, chose San Diego for the inaugural games of nearly two dozen sports over bidders including Sochi, Russia; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Barcelona; and Istanbul.

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