Category Archives: Surf

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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The 2013 ESPY Awards were handed out last night with Jon Hamm, the star of AMC’s “Mad Men” and a noted St. Louis Cardinals fan, hosting the 21st annual show from the Nokia Theatre in L.A.

Hamm joked it was “the world’s largest gathering of people wearing sunglasses indoors” as the cameras caught LeBron James and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick behind shades. Check it out here:

LeBron James and the Miami Heat stole the show by winning five 2013 ESPYS. But in our surfing world, Stephanie Gilmore scored the trophy for Best Female Action Sport Athlete. This was Steph’s second ESPY award for Best Female Action Sports Athlete. The last time she won the award was in 2010 in the same category. The competition included skateboarding’s Leticia Bufoni, snowboarding’s Kelly Clark, and motocross rider Laia Sanz.

Congratulations to Stephanie and the other incredible athletes!

Here is a partial list of the 2013 ESPY Awards winners below:

Best Male Athlete: LeBron James

Best Female Athlete: Serena Williams

Best Championship Performance: LeBron James

Best Breakthrough Athlete: Colin Kaepernick

Best Record-Breaking Performance: Michael Phelps

Best Upset: Florida Gulf Coast University over Georgetown

Best Game: Heat vs. Spurs Game 6

Best Team: Miami Heat

Best International Athlete: Usain Bolt

Best NFL Player: Adrian Peterson

Best MLB Player: Miguel Cabrera

Best NHL Player: Sidney Crosby

Best Driver: Ryan Hunter-Reay

Best NBA Player: LeBron James

Best WNBA Player: Candace Parker

Best Fighter: Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Best Male Golfer: Tiger Woods

Best Female Golfer: Stacy Lewis

Best Male Tennis Player: Novak Djokovic

Best Female Tennis Player: Serena Williams

Best Male Action Sport Athlete: Shaun White

Best Female Action Sport Athlete: Stephanie Gilmore Continue reading