In what’s become one of the most feel good traditions in surfing, six legends were inducted today into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame. While the QS’s battlers toughed it out in the early rounds of the US Open across the PCH, a small but stoked crowd stood in front of Jacks’ Surf Shop for a 45 minute ceremony honoring Meg Bernardo, Gordon Clark, Pat Curren, Lisa Andersen, Rich Harbour and Corky Carroll.
Meg Bernardo, a beloved and dedicated fifteen-year employee of the ASP, was first at the podium. The Honor Roll inductee thanked the host of the event, PT, and Surfing America and then told fondly remembered tales of life in the trenches of pro surfing.
Gordon “Grubby” Clark was then inducted for Surf Culture. The owner of Clark Foam, the company under nearly every surfer’s feet, could not be roused from his Oregon hideaway but PT accepted the Walk of Fame award on his behalf.
Pat Curren, Surf Pioneer, was next up. Curren’s son, a nice guy by the name of Tom, spoke for his father, a pioneer of big waveriding. Tom, looking fit, happy and youthful, said his dad couldn’t make it because he was busy surfing near his home in Cabo. He also added with trademark sly humor that Pat wasn’t real interested in giving a speech because, “Unlike me, he’s pretty shy.”
Rich Harbour, Local Hero, then spoke. Harbour who still owns the same surf shop bearing his name in Seal Beach that he opened in 1963, showed that he’s one of the most accomplished and surf stoked men in the world. His 60’s surf team included such icons as Jock Sutherland, Rich Chew and Steve Bigler. He’s shaped over 30,000 boards and his planer is still powering away. What keeps him going: “I’m just a happy guy,” he said.
Lisa Andersen, Woman of the Year, and the most popular and influential female surfer in history, stepped up to the stage. Andersen told her emotionally charged story of running away from home in Florida at age 16 to Surf City. She said used to battle for waves from the top locals every day at the pier and spent the rest of the time hanging out at Robert August’s surf shop. “I feel like I’m from Huntington,” she said.
Last but definitely not least was Surf Champion, Corky Carroll. This was the Corkster’s second induction as the first was for Local Hero. The 3x US Champion is one of the sport’s most engaging and entertaining speakers. The irrepressible Corky took to the mike and told funny anecdotes about the other inductees, politely thanked the voters and then stuck out his tongue when he posed with his award for a photo. — Jamie Tierney