Huntington Beach Surfing Walk Of Fame Announces 2005 Inductees, Ceremony To Be Held On Thursday, July 28 At Jack's Surfboards
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — The Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame, the nation's first sidewalk monument honoring surfing, has announced its twelfth class of inductees: Buffalo Keaulana (Surf Pioneer), David Nuuhiwa (Surf Champion), Carl Hayward (Local Hero), Kim Hamrock (Woman of the Year) and George Greenough (Surfing Culture). Paul Morrow will join the coveted Walk of Fame Honor Roll.
The Surfing Walk of Fame's annual ceremony to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport and culture of surfing will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thurs., July 28th in front of Jack's Surfboards (located on the corner of PCH and Main St.). Later that morning, the inductee class of 2005 will join with select honorees from the past 11 years to be feted at a Gala Luncheon at Duke's.
This year's outstanding class of inductees includes Nuuhiwa, who is second only to Corky Carroll for most victories of all time at the Huntington Beach Pier and is a two-time U.S. champion. The stylish nose rider who dominated competitions in the 1960's is also the Surfing Walk of Fame's second two-time inductee as Surf Champion. Legendary waterman and patriarch of the famed Keaulana family, Buffalo, joins the father of surfing (Duke Kahanamoku) and Hawaiian contemporaries Gerry Lopez and Rabbit Kekai as Surf Pioneer.
Innovative surf filmmaker Greenough joins an elite group with his induction in the Surfing Culture category. Still active and reclusive as ever, he presented the world with an intimate view of surfing in the 1970's with two notable film projects: "Innermost Limits of Pure Fun and "Echos. Eleven-time U.S. champion Hamrock, also the 2002 women's world longboard champion, was selected as Woman of the Year. Hayward, a renowned local shaper, surfer, husband and father of three, received the Local Hero award posthumously.
Dedicated on May 28, 1994 by honoring Duke Kahanamoku as the Father of Modern Surfing, the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame marked an historic addition to "Surf City. Each year, the Walk of Fame's selection committee conducts ongoing research through surf associations, museums and media venues around the world to compile a comprehensive ballot of qualified candidates. An international panel of surf affiliated voters then cast their votes in five categories. Each inductee receives a granite stone embedded in the sidewalk (PCH side) in front of Jack's, the Surfing Walk of Fame Patron.
The Walk of Fame is also honoring Paul Morrow, longtime administrator and principal of Sowers middle school in Huntington Beach, but also the founder of the National Scholastic Surfing Association's (NSSA) award-winning "junior competition program. "Paul has had a tremendous impact on the youth of our community, said Peter Townend, Walk of Fame board member and former world champion (1976). "His concept of a junior division for competition surfing ultimately led to the adoption of a worldwide circuit. Created in 1995, the honor roll pays tribute to those individuals who have contributed to surfing and its culture and are deserving of recognition, but might not qualify to receive a stone on the Walk of Fame.
"With this class, the Walk of Fame now has over 65 names in granite emblazoned on the sidewalk, said Townend. "This ceremony is the longest continuing acknowledgement of its kind for surfing in North America.
The Surfing Walk of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public, free-of-charge. Tickets to the Gala Luncheon at Duke's are limited and may be purchased for $35. In recognition of its 12th anniversary, the Surfing Walk of Fame is producing a 32-page souvenir program that will be distributed on induction day.
The 2005 Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame ceremony is made possible by the generous corporate support of Billabong, Body Glove, kley, O'Neill, Quiksilver, Reef, Volcom and Surfing Walk of Fame Patron, Jack's Surfboards.
For Surfing Walk of Fame induction ceremony, Gala Luncheon ticket sales and commemorative book information please contact Suzie Asadourian at Jack's (714) 536-6567. For media information on the Surfing Walk of Fame, please contact Mike Kingsbury, Cherie Whyte or Andrew Tsui at (714) 375-2188 (not for publication). Current year inductee biographies and a list of prior winners are available upon request.
Surfers' Hall Of Fame Announces 2005 Inductees, Kelly Slater To Serve As Master Of Ceremonies
HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.–With six-time professional world surfing champion Kelly Slater serving as master of ceremonies, the Surfers Hall of Fame's 2005 class of inductees will leave their permanent mark on the surfing world on Friday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport (corner of PCH and Main St.). Selected by a committee of business owners, surfers and surf industry professionals based on contribution, dedication, integrity and revolution to the sport of surfing, pro legends Mark Richards and Tom Carroll, and business executive extraordinaire Robert McKnight will be immortalized in cement. Carl Hayward, who passed away earlier this year, will be inducted posthumously.
"It's an honor to acknowledge four amazing men who embody the surfing lifestyle at their core and spread the culture through their work and existence, said Huntington Surf and Sport founder and owner Aaron Pai.
Australian native, Mark Richards, conquered an unprecedented four consecutive world titles. Following a stellar professional career, he settled into surfboard shaping at his family's shop in Australia. Richards proved he still has what it takes by winning the 2001World Masters Championship in the over 40 division.
Australian native, Tom Carroll, is a two-time world champion, who dominated professional surfing in the 1980s. A fearless competitor, Carroll overcame tragedy and sorrow (reconstructive knee surgery and the loss of his sister hours before competition) yet still captured the coveted title of Pipeline Master. Carroll signed a contract with longtime sponsor Quiksilver and continues to travel to exotic surf spots with his family.
CEO of Quiksilver, Robert McKnight, is the founder and driving vision of surfing's biggest brand name. Trading publicly on the NYSE, Quiksilver distributes surf, skate and snow fashion throughout the United States and Europe. McKnight continues to contribute to the sport by sponsoring riders, contests and charities.
Renowned shaper, Carl Hayward, created the famed 1980s Rocket Fish surfboard. He owned surf shops in Huntington Beach and coached a Marina surf team before joining long-time friend Bob Hurley at Hurley International. Hayward married and fathered three sons before he passed away doing what he loved most, surfing. He will receive a bronze plaque, as he is no long with us.
Since the Surfers Hall of Fame celebration coincides with America's largest professional surfing competition, the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing Presented by O'Neill, many "current generation pros are expected to attend the induction ceremony. Six-time world champion and 2002 inductee, Kelly Slater tops the list of guest speakers, along with Corky Carroll and Dave Stanfield. An autograph signing with Slater, Caroll and Richards will be held inside Huntington Surf and Sport at 7 p.m.
The Surfers Hall of Fame honors individuals who have developed the sport and culture of surfing. It's located on Main Street in Huntington Beach in front of Huntington Surf and Sport, surrounding the bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing. Similar to Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the inductees put their hands, feet and autograph in cement to forever mark their place in the surf world, at the heart of Surf City USA.
The Surfers Hall of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public, free-of-charge. For media information on the Surfers Hall of Fame please contact Cherie Whyte or Elizabeth Eide at (714) 375-2188 (not for publication). Current year inductee biographies and a list of prior winners are available upon request.-charge. For media information on the Surfers Hall of Fame please contact Cherie Whyte or Elizabeth Eide at (714) 375-2188 (not for publication). Current year inductee biographies and a list of prior winners are available upon request.