The nation’s first imprint collection of legendary surfers celebrates its 12th Anniversary in July with a ceremony honoring iconic surfers Jeff “Mr. Sunset” Hakman, Bruce Brown, Joey Buran and Pat O’Connell. The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony is free-of-charge and open to the public.
Joey Buran: Nicknamed “The California Kid,” Joey Buran began surfing at the age of 12 in 1973. Two years later in 1975 Buran would be touted as the top amateur surfer in California. Three years later in 1978 Buran would turn pro and finish the year at 27th in the world, earning the title of California’s top pro. With only two years under his belt as a pro Joey finished 13th in the world, the first and only Californian to finish in the top 16 on the IPS World Tour. In the years to follow, Buran would go on to win several presitigous contest including: the California Stubbies contest (1981), Hang Ten Grand Prix (1983), Katin Team Challenge (1984), Tropix Grand Prix (1984), and the Pipeline Masters (1984). Buran’s Pipeline Masters victory would be the only one for a Californian pro until Rob Machado’s victory in 2000. In 1985 Joey founded and directed the US Pro Tour of Surfing. Stepping away from professional surfing, Joey answered a call from God in 1987 and soon after committed his life to the ministry. After serving at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and forming his own church, Worship Generation, in 2005 Buran would once again find himself in the middle of the surfing community after accepting the position of Head Coach of the US National Team in 2007. Since then Buran has continued to serve as both the pastor of his church and the Head Coach of the National Team.
Pat O’Connell: Born in Chicago in 1971, Pat O’Connell spent the first 12 years of his life landlocked. It wasn’t until the early 80’s when Pat’s family moved to Newport Beach (then Dana Point) that Pat would develop his one-of-a-kind, surf-stoked enthusiasm. After successfully negotiating the NSSA, PSAA and Bud Surf Tours, Pat’s competitive career took a slight detour when he took a co-lead role in Endless Summer II, Bruce Brown’s remake of the classic surf film. Pat gained celebrity status across the globe, but would return to professional surfing’s World Championship Tour for several years. In 1997, Pat launched The Realm, a start-up clothing venture with Mike Parsons. After retiring from competition on “his own terms”, Pat joined Hurley International’s marketing department.
Bruce Brown: In 1964, filmmaker Bruce Brown decided to follow two surfers around the world in search of a perfect wave. On a budget of only $50,000 and armed with a 16mm camera, he captured the essence, the adventure, and the art of surfing in the renowned The Endless Summer. Bruce, who started surfing at age 11 in Long Beach, launched his illustrious career in 1958 with Slippery When Wet, and followed with several more movies including Surf Crazy (1959) and Waterlogged (1962), but his defining moment came when Endless Summer showcased surfing to the masses. Thirty years later he would film Endless Summer II with son Dana, showcasing a young Pat O’Connell and Robert “Wingnut” Weaver. Brown’s motorcycle documentary, On Any Sunday, received an Academy Award nomination.
Jeff “Mr. Sunset” Hakman: Born in Southern California’s south bay in 1948, Hakman would waste little time establishing his North Shore credentials after a family trip to Hawaii in 1959. At the age of 17 and pitted against 23 world class surfers, he won the inaugural Duke Kahanamoku Classic at Sunset Beach. From age 21 to 27 Jeff won more major surfing titles than anyone in the world including the first Pipeline Masters, two more Duke contests, three Hang Ten Internationals and the Gunston Pro. His mastery of and fearless approach to Sunset Beach led to his lifelong moniker, “Mr. Sunset”. In 1976 along with Bob McKnight, Jeff would launch Quiksilver USA.