Watch 22-year old Michael Dunphy shred some waves in Mexico. “Dunphy” as he is known to his friends, is a top ranked junior pro from Virginia Beach. Dunphy definitely lights up some small wave sizzle before dancing with the tube … Continue reading
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What’s cuter than a girl that surfs? A lovely girl that can sing too.
Kira, one of our lovely Ms. Shredders of Becker Surfboards Hermosa fronts the band with her country-mermaid voice. She and her 3 rock and roll band mates (Rich Calkins, Mason Wright, & Danny Peyton) will make your feet groove and swing all while her voice takes your soul.
So come out! Support your local boys and girls and have some brews on a Saturday night! Continue reading
Yesterday morning on July 25, Surf City USA’s Main Street was blocked off to honor the newest class of inductees to the Surfing Walk of Fame. The new inductees were selected by a panel of surf industry veterans, former pros and surf journalists from a field of hundreds of candidates.
The seven 2013 Surfing Walk of Fame’s honorees in their respective categories are: Donald Takayama (Surf Pioneer), Taylor Knox (Surf Champion), Jack McCoy (Surf Culture), Keala Kennelly, Sharron Weber (Women of the Year), Roy Crump (Local Hero) and Father Christian Mondor (Honor Roll).
“It’s amazing to think back 20 years ago when we laid the first stone in the cement here for Duke Kahanamoku,” emcee, former World Champion and previous SWOF inductee Peter ‘PT’ Townend addressed to the crowd. “Now, we’re up to 120 stones.”
After a brief presentation to Mayor Jean Hay of Manly, Australia in recognition of Manly and Huntington Beach joining together as sister cities, this year’s inductees were honored one by one.
Here are more details on the 7 honorees:
1) Donald Takayama, fondly called “The Happy Hawaiian” by emcee Townend, came as a young boy from Hawaii and started shaping surfboards. “Everyone knows him as a shaper but he’s also a surfing champion.” Takayama’s widow Diane confirmed: “Surf Pioneer is the best title. Donald really did it all.”
2) Taylor Knox’s induction as Surf Champion was the morning’s highlight. Knox addressed his fellow inductees and a capacity crowd on Main Street. “The message for today is how lucky we are to be one ocean tribe,” Knox said. “We get to travel and see beautiful places. And that spirit is so prevalent and has never been lost.”
3) The Surf Culture honor went to legendary filmmaker Jack McCoy. Known for his high-quality surf movies including Tubular Swells (1976), Bunyip Dreaming (1990), The Green Iguana (1992), Sabotaj (1998), Blue Horizon (2004), Free as a Dog (2006) and his latest A Deeper Shade of Blue (2012), among others.
4) Keala Kennelly shared this year’s Woman of the Year award with Sharron Weber. Kennelly, a multiple XXL winner, has been on the global big-wave scene since retiring from full-time ASP competition in 2007. “There’s two things you want when you come to Huntington Beach,” Kennelly said. “You want to win the U.S. Open and have your name in the pavement. Now I have both.”
5) Sharron Weber was a former U.S. Champion and World Champion throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s.
6) Longtime HB surfer Roy Crump was recognized as the Local Hero.
7) Finally, Huntington Beach’s surfing priest Father Christian Mondor earned the Honor Roll spot.
The Surfing Walk of Fame is the only tribunal in surfing to award specific categories as well as require a 10-year margin since the commemorating achievement. This year’s recipients are now cemented alongside past inductees, earning their immortal place in the pavement on the corner of PCH and Main Street.
Past recipients of the Surfing Walk of Fame honors include Duke Kahanamoku, Kelly Slater, Lisa Anderson, Tom Curren, Bruce Brown, and Eddie Aikau.
For additional information go to www.surfingwalkoffame.com.
Congratulations to these deserving folks, whose contributions have absolutely shaped the surf industry!
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We all want to save the dolphins, and Pro Surfer Dave Rastovich has recently made it his mission, documenting it all in the film, “Minds in the Water.” “Minds in the Water,” a feature-length documentary showing Rastovich’s efforts to protect dolphins, whales and the ocean they all share, will be making it’s New York debut at SMASH FEST 1 this Friday, July 26th at 10:30 PM at Villain in Brooklyn, NY.
Shot by filmmaker Justin Krumb, the film features Dave Rastovich, along with Howie Cooke, Hannah Fraser, Chris De Moro, Isabel Lucas, Will Conner, and Hilton Dawe and follows Rastovich as he embarks on a five-year adventure around the globe on a personal mission to help stop the worldwide commercial slaughter of dolphins and whales. The film captures a moment in a person’s life when apathy is no longer an option.
There are also special appearances by Hayden Panettiere, Ash Grunwald, Mati Waiya, Joel Parkinson, Louie Psihoyos, Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, Paul Watson, and Xavier Rudd.
The film has a killer soundtrack featuring music by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, Ash Grundwald, Dand of Frequencies, Allendig, Will Conner, Valley’s and Tim Flood.
SMASH FEST 1 is a month-long series of surf film and art events that will span the New York area from Brooklyn, to Rockaway Beach, to Long Beach and Montauk. SMASH FEST 1 is the first profit sharing surf film festival for independent filmmakers. For more on SMASH FEST, click here.
Vans takes over this year as the world’s largest surfing party is set to hit Huntington Beach this Saturday, July 20. In years past, almost 300,000 people come to town to be a part of the biggest US surfing event for eight days straight. Festivities will run from July 20 to July 28.
Are you guys ready for the music, art, free swag, crowds, and the best in skating and surfing?
And this year, new sponsor Vans is promising the largest free concert of the summer.
The lifestyle label recently unveiled the musical lineup, and the free two-day concert is expecting to draw hundreds of thousands of fans to the coast.
Happening Thursday, July 25th and Friday, July 26th, the massive music event wraps up the surf competition with five must-see bands at the House of Vans stage. On the bill for Thursday are newcomers FMLYBND, chillwave act Twin Shadow and electro pop legends The Faint. On Friday, catch singer-songwriter (and HB native) Matt Costa and indie rock headliners Modest Mouse.
If you’ve never been, check it out and come to town along the 14-acre stretch of sand for the massive event, which includes the big surf competition, skate and BMX areas, retail shops on the sand, and about 60 vendor booths. All events are free and open to the public.