On Saturday, December 29, 2001 recently crowned World Champ C.J. Hobgood, twin brother Damien, and Shea and Corey Lopez appeared for a hometown salute at Ron Jon Surf Shop in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Ron Jon Surf Shop presented them each with a plaque commemorating their work on the tour in 2001.
“We are very fortunate to have some of the world’s finest surfers within shouting distance of our store, and have them visit us,” says Bill Bieberbach, Ron Jon vice president of corporate development.
More than 500 people showed up and waited in a line that snaked through the store to meet the riders, get their autographs, and win great prizes from their sponsors, including Rusty, O’Neill, Globe, and Oakley.
(Dave Spear from Rusty and Pete Lopez were instrumental in getting the riders here.)