Surfing’s rich history records another page on Thursday, July 31, 2003 when the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame honors its 10th class of inductees. The standing room only public ceremony, which recognizes those individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport and culture of surfing, takes place at 10:00 a.m. in front of Jack’s Surfboards, located on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street in Huntington Beach.
In celebration of this significant anniversary, quite possibly the largest collection of historical names in surfing will gather at the all-new Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach later that evening for a “creative surf attired” Gala honoring all 60 current and former inductees. “This is a landmark year in Surfing Walk of Fame history,” said Peter Townend, Vice President Marketing & Events for the ASG Group that includes Surfing, Surfer and SG magazines, and a “Surf Champion” honoree in 1998. “In celebration of 10 years, we’ve invited all the inductees back. It’s a momentous occasion to get all the honorees together.”
Since the Surfing Walk of Fame’s festivities coincide with America’s largest professional surfing competition, the Honda Element U.S. Open of Surfing Presented by O’Neill, many “current generation” pros are expected to attend the induction ceremony and Gala. “There will be a broad range of attendees,” added Townend. “From old to new and everyone in between. What a great moment for the sport to have superstars like Kelly Slater and Andy Irons swapping stories with icons like Bruce Brown, Nat Young, Corky Carroll, Tom Curren, Frieda Zamba and Joyce Hoffman.”
In recognition of the anniversary, the Surfing Walk of Fame’s all-volunteer committee is producing a 160-page commemorative, coffee table book. Each Honoree receives a two-page spread including a photo of his/her choice that was previously published in Surfing or Surfer magazines. A limited number of books, expected to sell quickly, will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis beginning July 31st at Jack’s Surfboards, Hyatt Gift Store and the International Surf Museum. The book is dedicated to the late Mike Abdelmuti, who initiated the Surfing Walk of Fame through his patronage with Jack’s Surfboards.
Dedicated on May 28, 1994, the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame marked an historic addition to “Surf City” when it honored Duke Kahanamoku, the “Father of Surfing”.
Each year, the Surfing 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. New candidates of stature added to the ballot this year include Derek Ho (1993 World Champion), Sunny Garcia (1993 Op Pro Champion) and Jeff Deffenbaugh (1993 Katin Champion).
An international panel of surf affiliated voters then cast their votes in five categories?Surfing Culture, Surfing Champions, Surf Pioneers, Local Hero and Woman of the Year. Each inductee receives a granite stone embedded in the sidewalk in front of Jack’s. The 2003 ballots will be disseminated globally in March.
The Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame is made possible by the generous support of its Patron, Ron Abdelfattah and Jack’s Surfboards. Co-sponsors for the 2003 induction and Gala include Billabong, Body Glove, Hurley, Jack’s, Oakley, O’Neill, Quiksilver, Reef, Rip Curl and Volcom. A limited number of sponsor packages remain available. Proceeds from the Gala and Book to benefit the International Surf Museum, National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) and the Orange County Coast Keepers.
The Surfing Walk of Fame induction ceremony is open to the public, free-of-charge. Tickets to the Gala, also open to the public, may be purchased for $150 each or a table of 12 for $1,500. For Surfing Walk of Fame sponsorship, induction ceremony, Gala and com-memorative book information please contact Suzie Asadourian at Jack’s (714)) 536-6567. For media information please contact Mike Kingsbury or Cherie Garcia, MKM, at (714) 375-2188.