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Legendary coach Andy Verdone, pioneer surfer Rabbit Kekai, and Dane Reynolds, one of the most progressive surfers in the world, will be the 2012 inductees for the Surfers’ Hall of Fame. Verdone, Kekai, and Reynolds will immortalize their hand and footprints in cement for the ages on Friday, August 3rd at 10:00 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the nation’s first imprint collection of legendary surfers, the Surfers’ Hall of Fame celebrated its first induction in 1997 inside of specialty retailer Huntington Surf & Sport where several slabs remain. Four years later with the blessing of the City Council and a stunning bronze statue of sport’s spiritual leader Duke Kahanamoku serving as a backdrop, the ceremony moved outside to the corner of PCH and Main; less than 100 feet from the famed Huntington Beach Pier, site of the U.S. Open of Surfing.

Here’s a little bit about the newest inductees:

Rabbit Kekai:
Surfing since age 5, Rabbit was taken under the wing of Duke Kahanamoku at age 10 and became a pioneer of the North Shore surfing scene in the ’30s, known as an innovator of drop-knee turns on short, finless boards. Nicknamed “Rabbit” for being one of the island’s fastest runners, Kekai is a living legend in the world of surfing. Rabbit won Peruvian and Makaha International titles during the ’50s, and each winter season, he can be found at every Triple Crown event, doling out jerseys, wisecracks and advice as Beach Marshall, a position he has held since the first Pipeline Masters in 1971.

Dane Reynolds:
Dane Reynolds, one of the most progressive surfers in the world, is known for his “go for broke” style of surfing that includes a number of experimental and aerial maneuvers. He competed in the 2003 and 2004 X Games and received the highest single wave score both years. His first video, “First Chapter,” won Best Male Performance in a Video and Video of the Year at the 2006 Surfer Poll Awards. Dane qualified for the 2008 World Tour, rocking to the coveted Top 10 in 2009. Reynolds had a breakout year in 2010, ending up tied for fourth in the world. Despite injuries that held him back in 2011 and thus far in 2012, Dane is known for pushing the boundaries of the sport. Many pros call him the most exciting free surfer in the world.

Andy Verdone:
The Huntington Beach High School surf coach took over from the late Chuck Allen in ’87-’88, and immediately helped the team take home NSSA National titles. Known as the “Phil Jackson” of surf coaches, Verdone parlayed Allen’s success and has built his program into among the most successful and winningest in the country, capturing 10 NSSA National Titles as well as a National Surf League Title in 2010. He has trained and coached some of the best surfers in Huntington Beach, including the Deffenbaugh brothers, Jay Larson, Micah Byrne, Shaun Ward and Brett Simpson. Year after year, 100 students try out for his squad and only 30 make the cut. Verdone’s impact on the sport of surfing in Surf City is such that one young surfer moved here from Nantucket, Massachusetts without his family just to surf for the Huntington Beach Oilers.

The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony pays tribute to those individuals who have made an indelible mark on the sport, industry and culture of surfing. Annually, tens of thousands of visitors to Huntington Beach’s downtown area literally walk in the footsteps of surfing superstars and legends from several eras including Laird Hamilton, Andy Irons, Jack O’Neill, Robert August, Bob Hurley, Sean Collins, Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Pat O’Connell, Al Merrick, Shaun Tomson and Rob Machado who are already immortalized in cement.

Famed sports commentators David Stanfield and Rockin’ Fig will serve as Masters of Ceremony.

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The U.S. Open of Surfing is set to hit Huntington Beach this Saturday, beckoning the almost 300,000 people that will come to town to be a part of the biggest US surfing event for nine days straight.

Are you guys ready for the music, art, free swag, crowds, and the best in skating and surfing?

Festivities will run from July 28 to August 5 on the south side of the Huntington Beach, CA Pier.

If you’ve never been, nearly 300,000 people 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.

Surf fans will be watching the water to find out whether 11-time world champion Kelly Slater will take another Nike U.S. Open of Surfing title, while skate aficionados will gather at the massive skate bowl to watch the best skaters in the world compete.

The US Open Music Stage, one of the most popular events of the festival, just announced its lineup of bands this past Saturday. Three nights of music includes TV on the Radio, Grouplove. Best Coast, Toro Y Moi, White Arrows, Hindu Pirates and Walk the Moon. It promises to be one of the biggest and best free concerts of the summer.

Plus, check out one-of-a-kind retail and brand experiences, public skate courses, movie premieres, 100 interactive exhibits, autograph signings, DJs and giveaways.

All events are free and open to the public and can be viewed live daily at  With more than 3.6 million webcast viewers last year, the webcast broke viewership records and expects to deliver content to even more viewers worldwide this year.

For more info, check out US Open of Surfing page on Facebook ( or follow on Twitter (

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Legendary tattoo artist Mike Giant will have his first highly anticipated solo show, “Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder” at Fecalface Gallery in San Francisco. There will be an opening reception for the show tonight, July 20th (7-10pm). The artist will be present.

“Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder” will feature a wide assemblage of recent drawings and also a rare opportunity to view Giant’s personal collection of skateboards he illustrated the graphics for, including boards from his early career.

“I’m a product of my generation. I grew up through the 80s and was drawn to the punk rock and hip-hop cultures simultaneously”, Giant said in a recent interview. “I threw myself in headfirst. A lot of those things were about personal expression, and also an anti-establishment attitude like, “We don’t need you, we have our own thing. That’s the backbone of who I am to this day.”

Aside from his usual array of graphic works for his brand REBEL8, San Francisco based Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is Giant’s specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin, his signature style – inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration – is unmistakable.

Mike Giant has worked in media covering, graffiti, design, fine art, photography and tattooing, making him one of the most celebrated and versatile artists of his generation. He has shown in galleries around the world.

Beer and wine will be available at tonight’s premiere reception, and the show will run until August, 12, 2012.

For more information, go to the FFDG site at

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Who will be this year’s SUP Man of the Year? If you know of a SUP superstar, hurry up and start spreading the word! Open nominations and voting will officially end tomorrow, Thursday night July 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST.

This year the process of selecting the “SUP Man of the Year” will first include an open round / nomination period. Anyone can nominate a SUP man, and bring awareness to some names of SUP superstars who are making the stand up paddle world a better place! To nominate someone, simply go to the Supconnect Facebook page and click on the SUP Man Nominations App. Once there, enter the name and photo of the person you are nominating along with a description of why he deserves be the 2012 SUP Man of the Year. The top 5 nominees with the highest number of votes and the most convincing descriptions will move on to join the top elite athletes in phase two.

But time is short since the open nominations and voting will officially end tomorrow, Thursday night July 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST. By Friday morning around 9am PST, there will be a big reveal as to who will join the pre-seeded elite athletes in the SUP Man of the Year final phase and voting will begin.

The second phase of the SUP Man of the Year contest will include the names of the pre-seeded elite athletes along with the top 5 stand up paddlers from the open nominations. They will all be featured again via the SupConnect Facebook page and will have beautiful photos, awesome biographies and a place for you to vote for your overall favorite in 2012.

The ultimate SUP Man of the Year winner will be determined based upon several points of criteria. They are: ambassadorship, grassroots involvement in Stand up Paddle, performance, and public voting.

In 2010 Chuck Patterson was the SUP Man of the Year and in 2011 Antoine Delpero claimed the title. Who do you think will win 2012? Will he be from this group of pre-seeded men or one of the 5 open nominees?

  1. Chase Kosterlitz
  2. Bart de Zwart
  3. Sean Poynter
  4. Justin Cook
  5. Chris Curray
  6. Colin McPhillips
  7. Antoine Delpero
  8. Leco Salazar
  9. Aaron Napoleon
  10. Jamie Mitchell
  11. Travis Grant
  12. Kai Lenny
  13. Eric Terrien
  14. Anthony vela
  15. Rob Rojas
  16. Danny Ching
  17. Connor Baxter
  18. Dan Gavere
  19. Ernest Johnson
  20. Chuck Patterson

**This is a preliminary list of pre-seeded athletes and additional pre-seeded men may be added.

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The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) will once again have its annual Waterman’s Weekend this coming August 10-12 at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA. Now in its 23rd year, the event has served as the main fundraising source for the SIMA Environmental Fund.

This year, the Waterman’s Ball will honor big wave surfer Shane Dorian as Waterman of the Year, world renowned ocean explorer, filmmaker, television personality and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau as Environmentalist of the Year, and revolutionary wave forecaster and surfing Hall of Famer the late Sean Collins with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Waterman’s Weekend is a two-day fundraising event held each August that exclusively benefits the SIMA Environmental Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that awards grants to various environmental groups based on their dedication to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. The weekend event begins Friday, August 10, with the Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament at the Monarch Beach Golf Links, featuring a lively day on the links, a surf contest, and live and silent auctions, and culminates with the main event on Saturday, August 11, the 23rd annual Waterman’s Ball and auction to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, CA. The ball not only allows the surf industry and friends of the environment to raise money for important oceanic causes, but also honor and celebrate those making significant contributions in the industry with the prestigious annual Waterman of the Year, Environmentalist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Last year’s events attracted more than 700 people and raised more than $400,000 for 20 ocean conservation groups. Here is the list of the 2012 SIMA Environmental Fund grant recipients:

Alaska Wilderness League
Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Assateague Coastal Trust
Cook Inletkeeper
Heal the Bay
KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance
North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT)
Ocean Defenders Alliance
Ocean Institute
Orange County CoastKeeper
Paso Pacifico
Reef Check
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
Santa Monica Baykeeper
Save the Waves Coalition
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
SINADES – Natural Systems and Development Civil Association
Surfing Education Association
Surfrider Foundation

Each organization was chosen by the SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors based on their commitment of funds to specific projects that will protect and preserve oceans, beaches and/or surf breaks.

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