SET IN STONE

posted by / News / July 31, 2003

Six legendary surfers — including SURFING’s own Larry “Flame” Moore — achieved immortal status yesterday during the Huntington Beach Walk of Fame induction ceremony. Now in its 10th year, the event is surfing’s version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, recognizing individuals for their ocean-based lifetime achievements. Each new inductee now has his own granite square in front of Jack’s Surfboards on Main Street, joining dozens of waveriding icons from Duke Kahanamoku on down.Before a few hundred people under a hot, mid-summer sun, 1998 inductee Peter “PT” Townend introduced this year’s new honorees: Surf Pioneer Mike Doyle, Surf Champion Martin Potter, Woman of the Year Marge Calhoun, Surf Culture heroes Larry “Flame” Moore and Tom “Y” Morey, Local Hero Chuck Linnen and special Honor Roll winner Michele Turner of HB’s Sugar Shack.

Dino Andino spoke on Martin Potter’s behalf, recalling the day the ’89 world champ did an air over him at T-Street. “To this day, I still haven’t seen someone surf that fast, or surf so far ahead of everyone else,” he said. “He’s been an inspiration to so many top guys.”It was then HB hero and North Shore pioneer Chuck Linnen’s turn to take the stage, and he proceeded to spin a tale that would’ve stretched well past the pier’s last piling. We can’t {{{recall}}} exactly what he said, but he started with his birth weight and ended with his current board. Refer to the Walk of Fame transcripts for the details in between.

1958 Makaha International winner Marge Calhoun wasn’t present to accept her nomination as Woman of the Year, but she had former decorated pro Jericho Poppler stand for her. “Marge is pulling a typical surfer,” said Poppler. “Just sooo humble.”But one inductee had no need to be humble. The ever-enigmatic Tom Morey — inventor of the “Boogie Board” and a warehouse full of other toys — held up his unevenly shaped glass award and declared: “Behold, the future of surfboard design! Asymmetrical shapes!” Morey then paired up with fellow inductee and innovative waterman Mike Doyle, recounting the beginnings of Doyle’s soft, beginner’s board designs.

Perhaps the most emotional moment occurred during Larry “Flame” Moore’s time in the sun. In perfect, front-lit conditions, longtime friend Pat O’Connell gave a choked-up speech full of respect, gratitude and love. SURFING’s 30-year photo editor then took the stage, and gave thanks. He gave thanks to his many “loyal students” whom he taught over the past four decades; gave thanks to his friends and family for helping him overcome a baseball-size brain tumor this past year; gave thanks to Jesus Christ for giving him the strength to stay focused no matter the circumstances. And above all else, he gave thanks for a life with a purpose, a life that’s inspired hundreds of thousands of surfers worldwide. A life now set in stone. – Evan Slater

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