One could argue that the pier made HB “Surf City”.
The first one was built at the beginning of the 1900’s, a wooden one that was opened to the public in 1904, it was soon replaced by a concrete one that would cost the city a $100,000 and open in 1914.
On that day railway magnate Henry Huntington invited pioneer surfer George Freeth originally from Hawaii’s Waikiki and now residing in L.A’s South Bay to travel down on the Pacific Railways train to put on a surfing demonstration as part of the festivities, he would be the first surfer at the pier.
That day was June 20th, 1914 and in commemoration of this, the Surfing Walk of Fame and Surfers’ Hall of Fame will lay a granite stone and metal plaque in their respective places of recognition on this Thursday June 20th, 2013 to kick off next year’s “100 Year’s At the Huntington Beach Pier and Surfing in “Surf City”.
The Thursday ceremony will be blessed by Father Christian Mondor and attended by HB Mayor Connie Boardman and representatives from both Jack’s Surfboards and Huntington Surf & Sport, the patrons of the respective Walk of Fame and Surfers’ Hall of Fame will be in attendance.
This Thursday also coincides with International Surfing Day now in it’s 9th year where surfers’ are encouraged to go surfing all over the world and is a Surfrider Foundation initiative.
In 2014, yearlong celebrations will take place including a major installation in the new look Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum and a special event at the pier on June 20th, 2014 “When Men Were Men and Boards Were Made of Wood”, a surfing exhibition where participants will be required to ride boards old and new made of wood.
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Peter “PT” Townend