In two previous AVP tournaments of the current season, Wacholder and Turner finished fifth in Miami (April 13-15) and lost in the semifinal round in Dallas (May 19-22).
Since the start of the 2005 season, Wacholder has become a force on the AVP women's tour, having made 17 championship appearances in tournament play which is the third-most of any player.
She has finished the last two seasons as the third-ranked women's player.
"It's been good so far," Wacholder said of her new partnership with Turner. "We definitely have a lot of potential and we've been getting better with each tournament.
"Tyra's a great girl and a hard-worker."
The Huntington Beach Open affords Wacholder the chance to play an AVP tournament as close to her former hometown as possible. Fellow Laguna Beach High alum Dain Blanton will play on the men's side of the tournament.
Last year, Wacholder and then-partner Elaine Youngs finished runner-up to Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh at the open.
Two years ago, the pair swept May-Treanor and Walsh to win the open in a thrilling victory played out before her family and some friends.
After stops in both Miami and Dallas, the Huntington Beach Open will be the first tournament played on a beach.
Wacholder and Turner are seeded third in the tournament.
"I'm really looking forward to it," she said of the tournament which culminates Sunday with the men's and women's finals. "It's so nice to be playing so close to home where family can come watch us play, and I get to show them off. Just the familiarity of playing in Huntington is nice."
Last summer, history was made on the final day of the Huntington Beach Open when May-Treanor became just the second player to join the women's $1-million club in beach volleyball earnings with the win in last year's women's final.
This weekend, history will be set yet again, but in a different manner.