Former World Champ CJ Hobgood Enters 2015 Surfers’ Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Former World and U.S. Open Champion Clifton James “CJ” Hobgood is among a trio of distinguished surfers entering the 2015 Surfers’ Hall of Fame.  Hobgood, who along with Gordon “Grubby” Clark whose Clark Foam was the leading producer of polyurethane foam blanks from the early 60s through 2005 and John Davis, the first captain of the Huntington Beach High School surf team in 1967, are being inducted into the nation’s first imprint collection of legendary surfers.  All three will be immortalized in cement on Friday, July 31st at 10 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport.

“CJ Hobgood has been on the World Tour for nearly two decades and has brought endless amounts of pure stoked to the fans and to the Surfing World!,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai.  “He’s an amazing surfer and amazing waterman along with being a great ambassador for our Sport of Surfing!  Honored and delighted to Induct CJ Hobgood into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame!”

CJ and his twin brother Damien were born on July 6, 1979 in Melbourne, Florida and began riding waves together at an early age.  He entered his first local surfing contest in 1989 and made the open boys final.  Hobgood won the menehune division of the 1991 Eastern Surfing Association Championships setting up a long run at the top of the national amateur ranks.  He was the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) national juniors’ champion in 1995 and in 1997 he became the NSSA East Coast men’s champion.  And in 1998 he was selected as the model for the new NSSA logo.

Following his graduation from Satellite High School in 1997, CJ turned pro in 1998 and finished the 1999 season ranked 18th in the world, receiving Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Rookie-of-the-Year honors.  He quickly earned a reputation as an “all conditions” pro; a creative aerial technician in smaller waves and a fearless tube rider at places like Pipeline and Teahupoo.  CJ’s first grand prix victory came at the 2000 Hossegor Rip Curl Pro and he finished the year ranked in the top 10 at number seven.  His myriad achievements at such a young age would yield the “Breakthrough Surfer of the Year” at the Surfer Magazine Awards.

In 2001 at age 22 despite not winning any WCT contests that year, Hobgood won his first and only World Title in a season shorted by three events following the 9/11 attacks.  One of professional surfing’s true gentlemen the tenacious goofy-footer finished fourth in 2004, fifth in 2008 and seventh in 2009.  He notched memorable victories in the 2007 U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach and 2008 O’Neill World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach, part of the prestigious Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing.  In 2011, he briefly dropped off the tour, but re-qualified in a matter of months even after turning down several wild-card invitations to WCT events.

Since 2003, CJ and Damien have held Camp Hobgood, a roving international surf retreat for rising young pros.  CJ has appeared in dozens of surf videos including Triple C (1996), Sacred Water (1999), Campaign (2003), A Brokedown Melody (2004), and Year Zero (2011).  He currently resides in Satellite Beach with his wife and daughter, near his younger brother Travis, his younger sister Marissa, and his parents.

Following 17 years on the pro tour and after flirting with retirement for the past few years, last month CJ announced that this would be his final year on the World Tour.  “The relationships with the people that I have met are the things that stick out in my mind most,” said Hobgood to the Space Coast Daily.  “The people who have been most influential in my career have been (Kelly) Slater, Occy (Mark Occhilupo), Andy Irons, and most of all my brother who has also pushed me the hardest and made me the maddest.”

When asked about his future plans Hobgood said, “Space Coast here I come.  It’s always about giving back and finding those opportunities to give the gift I’ve been given to the next generation, and others who are stoked on surfing.  I get to spend more time in the place I love that laid the foundation of who I am and all the friends I have.”

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 travel to Huntington Beach’s downtown area and 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, Andy Verdone, Al Merrick, Shaun Tomson, Rob Machado, Rockin’ Fig and Rabbit Kekai, who are already immortalized in cement.

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 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 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing.

Press Contacts: Mike Kingsbury, Mary Doherty, MKM
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John Davis Set To Enter The 2015 Surfers’ Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – John Emerson Davis, the first captain of the Huntington Beach High School surf team in 1967, joins Gordon “Grubby” Clark and C.J. Hobgood as the 2015 inductees to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame.  The trio will be immortalized in cement on Friday, July 31st at 10 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport.  For additional information on this year’s induction ceremony and inductees, please visit http://hsssurf.com/shof/.

Born in Lynwood on July 3, 1951, John learned to surf at age 12 at Doheny on a Dewey Weber board and was hooked for life.  By the mid to late sixties he was a hot teenage surfer sponsored by “The Greek” Surfboards, doing well in local amateur events.  John was elected the first Surf Club Team Captain of the Huntington Beach High School surf team in 1967 and would later graduate from HBHS in 1969.

John took his talents to Oahu where he raised more than a few eyebrows with a 2nd place finish at the 1969 Sea Spree at Haleiwa behind Fred Hemmings and a 3rd place at Honolua Bay in 1970 finishing behind the legendary Gerry Lopez and Barry Kanaiapuna.  John surprised many in the surf world when he won the North Shore Trials of the Smirnoff Pro Am at Sunset Beach ahead of Australian Mark Warren in 1972.

When the U.S. Surfing Championships moved to Malibu in 1973, John had to start at the bottom and work his way through the trials, which he won.  He would ultimately place third in the main event behind Hawaiians Larry Bertleman and Mike Smith.  That would be his final foray into competitive surfing as John began a lengthy battle with addiction that would change his life and ultimately lead him to his current role as the President of Akua Mind and Body, an addiction treatment facility in Orange County.

John Davis spent many years in addiction and crime that sent him to prison twice, one of those terms in Mexico.  As a result he was unable to surf for almost 8 years.  “I’ve known many surfers whose lives ended following this lifestyle,” said Davis.  “Fortunately, 17 years ago I was blessed with sobriety following my last prison term.  I’ve received many gifts; my wife, children, my career and my own business…and 17 more years of surfing. “

Although John counts surfing legends like John Boozer (for his cutback), Phil Edwards (for his smoothness), and Gerry Lopez (showed him how to ride the barrel) among his idols, his biggest “surf” influence was Bob “The Greek” Bolen who has sponsored John for 50 years and finally made him his own signature model; a 7’0” Shorty John Davis Pro Flex.  John is a regular on the Huntington Beach Pier north side almost every day and, together with his wife, follows developments on the world tour, often texting back and forth during WCT events.

“JD” considers the three results in Hawaii as his most memorable surfing moments.  “The trophies from those contests were lost 25 years ago,” said Davis.  “Remarkably they were returned to me via Bud Llamas about two years ago.  They are now my most prized possessions.”

John Davis Fun Facts:

  • His first job was as a janitor at South Coast Repertory Theater at age 15.
  • His worst job was at AM-PM at age 35.
  • His best job has been for the last 17 years in the Drug and Alcohol Treatment field.
  • He met his wife through a mutual friend then went to the Doheny Blues Festival and they were married four years later.
  • John has three beautiful step daughters, one of whom was Miss Huntington Beach in 2011-2012.  According to John, they all did Jr. Guards and surfed a little.
  • Having to surf waves created from a coast guard in Virginia Beach during the East Coast Surfing Championships in 1968 is the funniest thing that ever happened to him.
  • Getting sober is the accomplishment that he is most proud of.
  • John is a fan of Kelly Slater and the young guys who surf for HSS because they absolutely rip.
  • He is passionate about surfing because it brings him serenity and keeps him young.
  • His favorite surf spots are Trestles and HB Pier; he surfs north side HB Pier almost every day.

“John Davis is a Local Surf Legend who has been surfing our Pier since the 60’s and is still out in the lineup today shredding with style and class!!,” said Aaron Pai.  “Cool out in the water and Cool on land!!  We are So Honored to Induct John Davis into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame!”

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 travel to Huntington Beach’s downtown area and 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, Rob Machado, Skip Frye and Rabbit Kekai, who are already immortalized in cement.

Press Contacts: Mike Kingsbury, Mary Doherty, MKM
Mike@teammkm.com; Mary@teammkm.com

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Surfers’ Hall of Fame to Honor Clark Foam Founder Gordon “Grubby” Clark

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Gordon “Grubby” Clark, whose namesake company Clark Foam was the leading producer of polyurethane foam blanks from the early 60s through 2005, is among the 2015 inductees to the Surfers’ Hall of Fame.  Gordon joins with Floridian CJ Hobgood, who won pro surfing’s world title in 2001 and later added the 2007 U.S. Open to his trophy collection and John Davis, the first captain of the nascent Huntington Beach High School surf team in 1967.  All three will be immortalized in cement on Friday, July 31st at 10 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport.

“We’re stoked and excited to induct Gordon Clark into the 2015 Surfers’ Hall of Fame,” said founder Aaron Pai.  “Gordon’s impact on the surfboard industry stretched across five decades and included many significant technological developments that improved the ‘surfing’ experience for millions of surfers across the globe.”

Gordon Clark was born in Gardena on January 19th, 1933.  He learned to surf while attending Pomona College in the late ’40s and ’50s, where he earned a B.S. in engineering.  Gordon landed his first paying job in the surf industry was when he was 19.  He began working for the legendary Tom Blake, inventor of the surfboard fin after going to Hawaii and running out of money.  From Blake, Clark was able to learn the history of surfboard construction dating back to the 1920’s.  At the same time Gordon met designer and shaper Bob Simmons who shared with him some of his experiences with the EPS/epoxy surfboard technology that he had invented in 1948.

In 1955, after spending two years in the army, Clark began working as a laminator for Hobie Surfboards during the summer and over holidays to help pay for the remainder of his college education.  Clark began to develop polyurethane foam molds in the mid-’50s, looking for a replacement material for balsa wood, which was costly and often hard to find.  One week after Hobie started his development of the first successful polyurethane foam core surfboard, Gordon went to work full-time on the project.

In June of 1958 Hobie Alter started mass production of his foam blanks.  This event triggered an incredible demand as Hobie’s boards were lighter, more maintenance free, and, unlike balsa, had a supply of raw material that was almost unlimited.  Clark made an amicable split from Hobie in 1961 to form Clark Foam in Laguna Canyon—later relocating to Laguna Niguel—and by the mid-’60s Clark had become the runaway leader in blank production.  At its height Clark Foam produced an estimated 90% of blanks sold in America and 60% of those sold worldwide.  Highlights and innovations include:

  • Clark Foam developed inexpensive, steel reinforced cement molds that were hydraulically operated which allowed very accurate mold tolerances.  Over the years this technology was improved, eventually allowing dozens of different mold sizes for different markets and types of waves.  This saved on raw material as well as shipping and labor costs.
  • Another notable achievement was the “hot coat” or “fill coat”; the coat of resin put on the fiberglass after the layup.  The original reason was to eliminate the “itch” caused by sanding fiberglass, but a side benefit was keeping the lengthwise strength of the fiberglass.  This technique was universally adopted throughout the foam surfboard industry.
  • By the end of 1968 Clark Foam was making all its own resins from commodity chemicals bought by truckload and stored and processed in large tanks, eliminating 55-gallon drums, labor and waste.  Clark also kept a full wood mill on the premise, making the operation virtually self-contained.
  • In 1969 Clark Foam introduced the first full container load and rail car shipments to Hawaii, the East Coast and a number of foreign countries.  This development greatly expanded the available of quality blanks and surfboards outside of California.
  • In 1974 Clark Foam built the first hydraulically operated glue presses.  This innovation led to very close tolerance gluing and eventually over 5,500 rocker templates kept in a computer database.
  • In 1978 Clark Foam began an ongoing effort to utilize computers (using custom software developed by Clark) to boost productivity, improve quality controls in the manufacturing process, fine tune inventory control and ultimately offer a wider selection of products.  This created a wide range of close tolerance blanks, saving raw material and shaping labor.
  • It was estimated that Clark sold about 300,000 blanks annually in the early 2000s, which were distributed through warehouses in Florida, Hawaii, England, and France. The Clark plant had three shifts, and was often open seven days a week.

Clark constantly updated and refined his product, and remained in contact with the surf industry by sending out long, detailed memos with titles like “Analysis of Future Trends in Surfboard Construction.”  Gordon Clark attributed his success to the fact that nobody else wanted to do the job.  “There’s nothing romantic about foam,” he said in 1972.  “It’s dirty, messy and smelly, and nothing you’d dream of doing for a career.”  Hobie Alter stated that Clark became the blank king because he’s “unbelievably efficient.”

Surfer magazine named Clark as the 10th most influential surfer of the 20th century.  In 2002 the magazine ranked him #2 behind Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight, on their list of the “25 Most Powerful People in Surfing.”  Clark’s business fortunes were the subject of “Blank Monday”, a 2006 New Yorker feature in which Clark was portrayed as a kind of surfy cross between Bill Gates and Howard Hughes.

In a move that shocked and briefly paralyzed the board industry, Clark shuttered his business in December of 2005.  At the time of its closing, there were about 70 blanks in the Clark Foam line, ranging in size from 5′ 9″ to 12′ 8″ along with seven different foam densities, a number of center-cut wood stringer choices, and thousands of rocker options.  Many of the Clark Foam molds had been designed by the world’s top surfboard shapers, including Dale Velzy, Rusty Preisendorfer, Pat Rawson and Dick Brewer.  Not long after his business closed, Clark moved to his 52,000-acre central Oregon ranch and began raising cattle and sheep.

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 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 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing.

Press Contacts: Mike Kingsbury, Mary Doherty, MKM

Mike@teammkm.com; Mary@teammkm.com

(714) 375-2188

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Surfers’ Hall of Fame Honors Gordon Clark, CJ Hobgood & John Davis

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – The sport of surfing pays homage to three legendary watermen on Friday, July 31st when a visionary surfboard blank manufacturer, a former world and U.S. Open of Surfing champion and a local icon are inducted into the 2015 Surfer’s Hall of Fame.  Gordon Clark’s Clark Foam was the leading producer of polyurethane foam blanks from the early 60s through 2005, Floridian CJ Hobgood won pro surfing’s world title in 2001 and later added the 2007 U.S. Open to his trophy collection and John Davis was the first captain of the nascent Huntington Beach High School surf team in 1967.

The 2015 inductees will have their hand and footprints immortalized in cement for the ages on Friday, July 31st at 10 a.m. in front of Huntington Surf & Sport; under the watchful eye of Duke Kahanamoku, the sport’s spiritual leader whose statue anchors the Surfers’ Hall of Fame.  This year’s induction ceremony features the inductees, family, friends, pro surfers and industry titans, and is open to the public, free-of-charge.  Further information is available at http://hsssurf.com/shof/.

“The Surfers’ Hall of Fame is honored to induct Gordon Clark, CJ Hobgood and John Davis this July,” said founder Aaron Pai.  “Each inductee has brought something different and unique to our sport of surfing.  We are stoked and fortunate to include them into our growing family of surfing royalty.”

Clifton James “CJ” Hobgood: Floridians CJ and twin brother Damien were born in 1979 and began riding waves together in 1984.  CJ won the menehune division of the 1991 Eastern Surfing Association Championships setting up a long run at the top of the national amateur ranks.  He was the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) national juniors’ champion in 1995 and in 1997 he became the NSSA East Coast men’s champion.  Hobgood turned pro in 1998 and finished the 1999 season ranked 18th in the world, receiving ASP Rookie of the Year honors.  He quickly earned a reputation as an all-conditions pro; a creative aerial technician in smaller waves and a fearless tuberider at places like Pipeline and Teahupoo.  CJ earned his first big-league pro win at the 2000 Hossegor Rip Curl Pro  and was named as “Breakthrough Surfer of the Year” at the Surfer Magazine Awards.  The tenacious goofy-footer finished fourth in 2004 and won the 2007 U.S. Open of Surfing.  Since 2003, CJ and Damien have held Camp Hobgood, a roving international surf retreat for rising young pros.  CJ has appeared in dozens of surf videos including Triple C (1996), Sacred Water (1999), Campaign (2003), A Brokedown Melody (2004), and Year Zero (2011).

Gordon Clark: Gordon Clark was born in 1931 in Los Angeles, raised in Whittier, and learned to surf while attending Pomona College in the late ’40s and early ’50s, where he earned a B.S. in engineering.  His first surfboard was made of redwood and weighed 90 pounds, a far cry from his future quiver.  In 1955, after spending two years in the army, Clark was working as a laminator for Hobie Surfboards, the soon-to-be world’s largest board manufacturer.  Clark began to develop polyurethane foam molds in the mid-’50s, looking for a replacement material for balsa wood, which was costly and often hard to find (in 1958 Hobie Surfboards switched entirely from balsa to foam).  Clark made an amicable split from Hobie in 1961 to form Clark Foam in Laguna Canyon—later relocated to Laguna Niguel—and by the mid-’60s Clark had become the runaway leader in blank production’  Surfer magazine named Clark as the 10th most influential surfer of the 20th century.  In 2002 Surfer ranked him #2, behind Quiksilver CEO Bob McKnight on their list of the “25 Most Powerful People in Surfing.”

John Davis: Born in Lynwood in 1951, John learned to surf at age 12 on a “lined up wave” at Doheny on a Dewey Weber board and “was hooked for life.”  By the mid to late sixties he was a hot teenage surfer sponsored by “The Greek” Surfboards, doing well in local amateur events and was elected the first Surf Club Team Captain of the Huntington Beach High School surf team in 1967.  John took his talents to Oahu where he raised more than a few eyebrows with a 2nd place finish at the 1969 Sea Spree at Haleiwa behind Fred Hemmings and a 3rd place at Honolua Bay in 1970 finishing behind the legendary Gerry Lopez and Barry Kanaiapuna.  John surprised  many in the surf world when he won the North Shore Trials of the Smirnoff Pro Am at Sunset Beach ahead of Australian Mark Warren in 1972.  In 1973 when the U.S. Surfing Championships moved to Malibu, John had to start at the bottom and work his way through the trials, which he won.  He would ultimately place third in the main event behind Hawaiians Larry Bertleman and Mike Smith.  That would be his final foray into competitive surfing as John began a lengthy battle with addiction that would change his life and ultimately lead him to his current role as the President of Akua Mind and Body, an addiction treatment facility in Orange County.  Although John counts surfing legends like John Boozer, Phil Edwards, and Gerry Lopez among his idols, his biggest “surf” influence was Bob “The Greek” Bolen who has sponsored John for 50 years and finally made him his own signature model.  John is a regular on the Huntington Beach Pier north side almost every day and, together with his wife, follows developments on the world tour.

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 travel to Huntington Beach’s downtown area and 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, Rob Machado, Skip Frye and Rabbit Kekai, who are already immortalized in cement.

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 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 Vans U.S. Open of Surfing.

Press Contacts: Mike Kingsbury, Mary Doherty, MKM
Mike@teammkm.com; Mary@teammkm.com

(714) 375-2188

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Rusty Preisendorfer

Rusty P_IMG_9423_300x250Nicknamed the “Stradivarious” of shapers due to his reputation for quality and innovation, Rusty was born in Los Angeles to a research mathematician (his father worked at Scripps) and an occupational therapist.  He became a Windansea local at a fresh six weeks of age and eventually entered  shaping during a groundbreaking era with influences that included Dick Brewer, Mike Hynson and Skip Frye.  While attending the University of California at San Diego, he spent his initial stint shaping for Gordon and Smith. Exploring Australia in 1974, he garnered his first serious exposure when Rabbit Bartholomew purchased one of his 8-foot guns.

Starting to gain a solid reputation in the business, he launched his own company the same year — Music Surfboards. T he late ’70s proved a pivotal time, as Rusty shaped for a growing San Diego-based manufacturer called Canyon Surfboards and worked with a reputable stable of world-class riders including David Barr, Randy and Wes Laine, Peter Townend, Shaun Tomson and Ian Cairns.

In 1985 Rusty left Canyon and launched Rusty Surfboards.  The iconic R-dot logo boards were ridden by more than half the world’s Top 16 surfers at the time and Rusty was the most in-demand shaper anywhere.  He launched a full line of clothing in 1988, growing the business into  one of the industry’s largest-grossing companies and helped launch the careers of Serena Brooke, Pat O’Connell and CJ and Damien Hobgood.  After selling the clothing side of Rusty in 2007, he renewed his focus on making surfboards, experimenting with every type of post-Clark construction from sandwiches to epoxies to parabolics.

As a shaper, Preisendorfer deserves credit for perfecting the modern thruster as we know it. Subtle variations are all that separate the current standard from his early ’80s models.  The boxy rails that are so commonplace today were the benchmark of Occy’s boards during his phenomenal run as a teenager.

Surfer ranked Preisendorfer fifth on a 2002 list of the “25 Most Powerful People in Surfing” while Surfing magazine named him one of the “10 Best Shapers of All Time,” in 2004 and their “Shaper of the Year” in 2008 for his command of the myriad technologies.  SIMA will honor Rusty for his extensive impact on the surfing world with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Waterman’s Ball.

“Rusty Preisendorfer is a great surfer, a great waterman and a Legendary Shaper,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame Founder Aaron Pai.  “Rusty perfected the modern thruster as we know it, has always been a major leader in Surfboard technology and innovation…. Most of all though…Rusty Preisendorfer is just a fun person to be around and a super nice guy!  We are very honored and excited to induct Rusty Preisendorfer into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame!”

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Carissa Moore

Carissa Moore_IMG_0036_300x250Carissa was born in 1992 in Honolulu and began riding waves with her father at age five.  In 2004 the 12 year-old began a remarkable competitive run, winning the first of four National Scholastic Surfing Association “open division” women’s titles.  She became the most decorated surfer in NSSA history with 11 national titles.

Already a two-time ASP World Champion (2011 & 2013) and two-time U.S. Open Champion (2010 & 2013), the 21 year-old was the youngest-ever winner in the prestigious Triple Crown of Surfing at age 16 and won the Surfer Poll Award for top female surfer in 2011.  In 2007, at age 14, Carissa finished second at the Roxy Pro Gold Coast ASP event, twice defeating seven-time world champ Layne Beachley.

By 2009 Moore had signed lucrative endorsement deals with Nike and Target, reportedly becoming the highest paid female surfer in the world.  She finished third on the World Tour in 2010, won the largest purse in history ($50,000 at the U.S. Open) and was named Rookie of the Year.  The following year Carissa made the finals of all six and won three of the World Tour events, dispatching four-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore on her way to the title.

Following a disappointing 2012, Moore stormed back in 2013 winning four and finishing in the top five of all eight events to secure her second world crown.  Her torrid pace continues this year where she’s already won two events and currently sits atop the leader board in the world title race.

“Carissa Moore may be one of the most gifted athletes to ever set foot on a surfboard,” said Bob Hurley.  “It was obvious, when she was only 9 years old, that she had potential to revolutionize women’s surfing.  While her fiercely competitive nature will likely lead her to more world titles….  The important thing to know is that Carissa is gifted with a heart of gold.  A  magical smile that lights up the room, and unique ability to make others feel much more important than herself.”

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Timmy Turner

Timmy Turner_IMG_0292_300x250Huntington Beach’s favorite son Timmy Turner is a living miracle.  Born in 1980, Captain of the Huntington Beach High School surf team and busboy at his family’s restaurant, The Sugar Shack, a surf trip to Indonesia at age 17 became the catalyst for a burgeoning filmmaking career.  Over the span of three years and numerous trips to an uninhabited Indonesian island, Timmy documented three surfers conquering epic waves on a dangerous reef, braving the elements and struggling to survive.  “Second Thoughts” won Movie of the Year at the 2004 SURFER Poll and Video Awards, putting Turner on the map.

His next film, “The Tsunami Diaries,” which documented relief efforts in Indonesia, may have contributed to an aggressive staph infection that attacked the Turner’s brain in December 2005; friends and family say that he was acting crazy for three days.  Timmy underwent six different brain surgeries, losing most of his skull and spending more than a month in the intensive-care unit of Hoag Memorial Hospital.  Forced to wear a helmet for protection before his skull was rebuilt, Timmy survived, but was forced to recalculate his life.

A subsequent film, “Cold Thoughts,” was a tribute to his journey: hospitalization, rehab, recovery and lifestyle changes to ward off future infections, including a ban on trips to tropical climates.  Six years in the making, Timmy and crew sought surf in remote and frigid spots in Canada, Chile, Iceland and Alaska to film “Cold Thoughts”.  While filming in 2006 in Vancouver, he hit the rocks, broke his ribs and cracked his protective helmet.  Had Timmy not been wearing that helmet, doctors said he most likely would have died.

In late 2013 the father of five was finally allowed by doctors and family to make his return to the place and the waves he loves so much: a dry left hander in Indonesia.

“Born and raised in Huntington Beach, Timmy Turner is a great soul surfer, amazing movie maker and has become one of the city’s most famous sons,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai.  “He’s brought so many precious memories to all of us through his surfing out at the Pier, movies at Huntington Beach High and seeing him serving breakfast at the Sugar Shack!”

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Timmy Turner and Rusty Preisendorfer Inducted Into Surfers’ Hall of Fame

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Friday, August 1, 2014 – Against the backdrop of Surf City’s 100 Years of Surfing celebration and the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Open of Surfing, the Surfers’ Hall of Fame today inducted Timmy Turner, the filmmaker and modern-day inspiration who overcame a virulent staph infection to return to the water and his craft, and Rusty Preisendorfer, one of the industry’s most prolific and forward-thinking shapers/entrepreneurs whose iconic R-dot boards are ridden by the world’s elite surfers.  Last Friday, Carissa Moore, a two-time world and U.S. Open Champion was inducted in a special ceremony to avoid conflicting with her heat in today’s surfing competition.

All three of the new inductees now have their hand and handprints immortalized in cement for the ages in front of Huntington Surf & Sport at the corner of PCH and Main Streets.  “We are stoked and honored to be here this morning to honor Timmy and Rusty.  This place becomes more special with every induction,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai.  “Timmy, you’ve done so much for this town and there’s a lot of love for you in this crowd.  Rusty, your impact has been like dropping a stone in a pond and watching the ripples expand worldwide.”  Pai added, “Timmy, you got me addicted to surfing Indo (Indonesia) while Rusty, you got me addicted to surfing Tavarua (Fiji).”

Timmy Turner_Handprint_525x350_IMG_0294Timmy Turner: Huntington Beach’s favorite son Timmy Turner is a living miracle.  Captain of his high school surf team and busboy at his family’s restaurant, The Sugar Shack, a surf trip to Indonesia at age 17 became the catalyst for a burgeoning filmmaking career.  Over the span of three years and numerous trips to an uninhabited Indonesian island, Timmy documented three surfers conquering epic waves on a dangerous reef, braving the elements and struggling to survive.  “Second Thoughts” won Movie of the Year at the 2004 SURFER Poll and Video Awards, putting Turner on the map.

His next film, “The Tsunami Diaries,” which documented relief efforts in Indonesia, may have contributed to an aggressive staph infection that attacked Turner’s brain in December 2005.  After six different brain surgeries, losing most of his skull and spending more than a month in the intensive-care unit of Hoag Memorial Hospital, Timmy survived but was forced to recalculate his life.  His next film, “Cold Thoughts,” was a tribute to his journey: hospitalization, rehab, recovery and lifestyle changes to ward off future infections, including a ban on trips to tropical climates.

“I thank God for giving me the chance to be here,” said Turner, who is married and a father to five children.  “When I went to Indo, my whole world changed.  Making my movies was an awesome experience, but I love Huntington Beach and am so blessed to be here.”

Former world champion Mark “Occy” Occhilupo, who won two Op Pro Surfing Championships while riding Rusty boards, introduced Preisendorfer.  “It’s an honor to be here to see Rusty getting inducted, especially since he shaped my first winning board.”

Rusty_Handprint_525x350_IMG_9422Rusty Preisendorfer: Rusty’s huge impact on the sport dates to the 70s when he worked for San Diego’s Canyon Surfboards, and shaped for international stars Shaun Tomson, Ian Cairns and Peter “PT” Townend.  By the mid-80s his stable of riders grew to include Dave Parmenter and an up-and-coming Aussie named Mark Occhilupo, whose Shortboard prototypes set the standard for the high performance thruster.  In 1985 Rusty left Canyon and launched Rusty Surfboards.  The iconic R-dot logo boards were ridden by more than half the world’s Top 16 surfers at the time and Rusty was the most in-demand shaper anywhere.

He launched a full line of clothing in 1988, growing the business into  one of the industry’s largest-grossing companies and helped launch the careers of Serena Brooke, Pat O’Connell and CJ and Damien Hobgood.  Surfer ranked Preisendorfer fifth on a 2002 list of the “25 Most Powerful People in Surfing” while Surfing magazine named him one of the “10 Best Shapers of All Time,” in 2004 and their “Shaper of the Year” in 2008.  SIMA honored Rusty with their Lifetime Achievement Award.

“What an honor it is to be here today. I’m so humbled and thankful to everyone that helped along the way,especially Aaron Pai, who has been a supporter or 30 years,” said Preisendorfer.  “I’m very thankful to my parents who bought me a planer after I promised to work my way through school.  They were skeptical at first, but it worked out in the end.”

Today’s ceremony also honored the Orange County Register’s Surfer of the Year Awards presented by Laylan Connelly. Winners included: OC Rising Star of the Year: Tia Blanco; OC Ambassador of the Year: Jon Rose/Waves 4 Water; OC Freesurfer of the Year: Alex Knost; and OC Standout Surfer of the Year: Greg Long.

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 travel to Huntington Beach’s downtown area and 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, Rob Machado, Skip Frye and Rabbit Kekai, who are already immortalized in cement.

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