Huntington Beach Surfing Walk Of Fame Announces 2003 Inductees

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. — Thursday, June 26, 2003 — The Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame, the nation’s first sidewalk monument honoring surfing, has announced its tenth class of inductees.  The Walk of Fame’s 10th 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 31 in front of Jack’s Surfboards (located on the corner of PCH and Main St.).  Later that evening, the inductee class of 2003 will join with honorees from the past nine years to be feted at a Gala Dinner at the all new Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach.

Inductees include Mike Doyle, one of the original North Shore pioneers and winner of the 1964 Surfer Poll in the Surf Pioneer category and Martin Potter, the 1989 ASP World Champion known for his radical mix of power and style was voted in as Surf Champion.  Chuck Linnen, a standout competitor in international events and in Huntington Beach was selected Local Hero while Marge Calhoun, winner of the women’s Makaha International Surfing Championships in 1958 was selected as Woman of the Year.  Larry “Flame” Moore, Surfing magazine’s photo editor for four decades with 42 covers to his credit and counting, and Tom “Y” Morey, founder of the world’s most popular wave riding vehicle, the Boogie Board, tied for Surfing Culture.

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 in front of Jack’s, the Surfing Walk of Fame Patron.

The Walk of Fame is also honoring Michelle Turner, owner of the Sugar Shack, on the “Honor Roll.  “Michelle Turner is an ardent supporter of several Huntington Beach surfing programs and has served breakfast to more up-and-coming surfers through the years than anyone in Calif.,” said Peter Townend, Walk of Fame board member.  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.

In recognition of its 10th anniversary, the Surfing Walk of Fame is producing a 160-page commemorative, coffee table book.  Each Honoree receives a two-page spread including a photo from the Action Sports Group (ASG) archive of Surfing and 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 and the International Surf Museum.

The Surfing Walk of Fame induction ceremony, which is open to the public, coincides with “Philips Fusion featuring the Honda Element U.S. Open of Surfing presented by O’Neill” July 28 to August 3 at the Huntington Beach Pier.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 induction ceremony, Gala ticket sales and commemorative book information please contact Suzie Asadourian at Jack’s (714) 536-6567.