Simon Anderson

Simon Anderson

Raised in Sydney, Simon Anderson began his competitive career in 1971 with a juniors win at the Australian National Titles and the Bells Beach Classic contests. Known for his power and easygoing style, Anderson became a frontrunner in many local and international competitions, placing second in the Australian National Titles in 76’, fourth at the 77’ Pipeline Masters, and winning the 77’ Bells and Coke Surfabout. Those wins in 77’, on single-fin boards, put him into the top 10 on the ASP Tour and gave him a chance of taking the title, until the twin-fin intervened.

Fellow Aussie Mark Richards had created a twin-fin design which greatly helped sharp turns on steep waves, by always having one fin deep in the wave. The twin-fin was capable of performing in the poor wave conditions and locations that the ASP events were often held at that time. Within months, surfers on this design were winning most of the competitions, but it was badly unsuited to Anderson’s size (over six feet tall) and style. He simply overpowered the twin fin and didn’t like the idea of having to ‘nurse’ the board through turns, and stated at the time that he wasn’t going to compromise his surfing to adapt to the design.

That’s when Anderson went to work on perfecting the existing three fin concept (a single fin with two smaller outer fins) for added power and stability. His prototype featured three equal-size fins so he named it “Thruster” because the water gets pushed through the fins in the turn. According to Anderson, the single fin (just) holds that speed through a turn whereas with the twin fins, obviously the speed was quickly released and you’d just zip along. The third fin was controlling that thrust throughout the turn.

Anderson’s Thruster design was met with skepticism initially, thought perhaps merely a gimmick, or only for Anderson’s particular size and style. Following design enhancements in 1981, he won the Bells Beach Classic and the Coke Surfabout in Sydney, for a second time, then later the Pipe Masters at Banzai Pipeline in Hawaii. Those victories silenced the critics and brought the thruster to everyone’s attention; from 1984 onward every world champion has used a thruster.

What Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple) and the “iPhone and iPad” have done for the World, Simon Anderson and the “Thruster” have done for the Sport of Surfing’” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai. “Just as the iPhone and iPad revolutionized consumer technology; the Thruster revolutionized and advanced our Sport of Surfing!

Simon has given generations of surfers the gift of progression and the ability to do what they can do today!  We are honored and extremely excited that Simon Anderson will be inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame this summer!”

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Randy Lewis

Randy LewisLewis began surfing in 1961 and was considered a childhood phenomenon along the lines of one of his prodigies, Bud Llamas.  He started competing in the boys 14 and under division of local events and went on to place third in the 1967 U.S. Championships Junior Men’s.  Consistency was Randy’s hallmark when competing, performing well and usually placing among the top three.  He won the West Coast Championships in 1976 and 1977 and the San Onofre Surf Club titles in 1978 and 1979.

From WSA events to the annual Huntington Beach contest, Randy competed all the way up through the Super Grand Masters (really old guys) and was often the point leader in his divisions.  He finally retired from competitive surfing in 2006 when he won his last event, the City of Huntington Beach Championships.

“Randy was a pure surfer with a great nose riding style,” said John “Frog” Van Oeffelen, also a charter member of the Hole in the Wall Gang.  “His balance was amazing; a goofy-footer nose-riding the south side (of the Huntington Beach Pier).  He was (is) a truly nice person and mentored many a young surfers along the way, including Huntington Beach’s own Bud Llamas.”

In the mid-60’s, legendary shaper Gordie Duane took Randy under his wing and taught him his board shaping secrets.  Soon thereafter, Randy was shaping and riding for the famous “Hole in the Wall Gang”, an assemblage of seasoned Huntington Beach surfers who weren’t part of the regular contest circuit, but were great competitors in their own right.

From 1977 to 1987, Randy operated his own surf shop, the Randy Lewis Surf Center, on 5th Street.  Over the years he has worked for almost every HB surf store and currently shapes at Chuck Dent.  Among the big name surfers who rode Lewis boards—Llamas, Michael Ho, John Bruiser and Joey Hawkins.

“Randy Lewis is one of the greatest shapers to come out of Huntington Beach,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai.  “When I was a kid growing up, we all looked up to Randy as a surfer and a shaper (still do!).  He surfed the Huntington Pier with style and grace and was one of the hottest surfers out in the water.

“Anyone who grew up surfing in Huntington Beach in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s knows the name ‘Randy Lewis’!  This guy is right up there with all ‘the best’ surfers and shapers in town.  We are honored and excited to be able to induct Randy Lewis in the Surfers’ Hall of Fame this August!”

Notable: Randy is somewhat famous in the world of skateboarding for his one cover shot on SkateBoarder magazine in 1964 (Vol. 1 #2).  For a time, Randy tried his hand a motorcycle speedway racing in the early 1970’s in Costa Mesa, Irwindale and Bakersfield at the urging of friends.  After racing alongside the likes of future world speedway champion Bruce Penhall, Randy quickly returned to the water where he was more comfortable.  His parents, Mary Jane and Forest (a retired city police officer) still live in Huntington Beach.

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Stephanie Gilmore

Stephanie GilmoreThree-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore is set to be inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame. Gilmore, the youngest-ever inductee at age 22, has already captured U.S. Open of Surfing and Vans Triple Crown titles in addition to three consecutive ASP women’s world titles. Earlier this year, she was awarded the prestigious Laureus World Sports award, elevating Gilmore to among the world’s elite athletes.

“At only 22 years-old, Stephanie is truly one of the greatest ambassadors our sport of surfing has ever seen,” said Kelly Gibson, Rip Curl USA President and CEO. “From winning three consecutive ASP World Titles to being the ultimate brand icon for Rip Curl, she continues to push the sport, influence surf fans globally, while remaining true to herself. Rip Curl couldn’t ask for a better face for our brand.”

With her father’s encouragement, Gilmore’s life as a surfer began on Australia’s Gold Coast at age 10. A natural at the sport, Stephanie spent much of the next few years surfing some of Australia’s best waves. By age 17 she was entering world tour events as a wildcard, which paid off with a victory at the 2005 Roxy Pro Gold Coast. Soon thereafter Gilmore’s success on the WQS (World Qualifying Series) Tour qualified her for the 2007 ASP Women’s World Tour and she did not disappoint, winning four events and claiming her maiden World Title.

Proving that first year was no fluke, the girl known as ‘Happy’ for her infectious smile, was back again in 2008, looking hungrier and stronger than ever, dominating the older and more seasoned tour veterans. She went on to secure five ASP Women’s World Tour victories en route to her second consecutive ASP Title, then capped the season off with her first Triple Crown of Surfing trophy. Consistency was the key in 2009, when Gilmore won the first and last World Tour events to claim a third consecutive ASP Women’s World Title.

Already 3-0 in World Tour campaigns, Stephanie won the opening two events of 2010 and currently leads the title race…again! Taking the reigns from seven time world champ and Surfers’ Hall of Fame inductee Layne Beachley, Gilmore is poised to rewrite the record books and may create yet another Aussie surfing dynasty. One thing is for certain, on Friday, August 6, Gilmore’s foot and handprints will be forever encased in concrete alongside the sport’s pioneers and heroes.

“Steph Gilmore is an amazing athlete, 2009 Surfer Poll winner and today is considered the most popular female surfer on earth,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai! “We are very honored that she will be inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame this coming August!

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Ian “Kanga” Cairns

Ian CairnsAgainst the backdrop of the mega surf contest that he helped shape, Ian “Kanga” Cairns will enter the 2010 Surfers’ Hall of Fame this August.  Winner of the 1973 Smirnoff Pro and 1975 Duke Kahanamoku Classic, Cairns was the premier “power” surfer of his era and dominated the North Shore during the mid to late-seventies.

Known as a fierce competitor who carved trench-like turns in big surf, Cairns ultimately turned his attention to growing the sport and played an instrumental role in the development of the NSSA, ASP, Op Pro, Bud Surf Tour and the U.S. Open of Surfing; earning a reputation as an articulate and passionate supporter of competitive surfing.  Cairns, along with other inductees to be announced, will place their hands, feet and signature in wet cement for the ages during a public ceremony.

Cairns was influential in the development of American surfing (and surfers), adding structure to the nascent sport and creating a “clear path to follow.”  Under his direction, the venerable Op Pro Surfing Championships produced some of the most memorable clashes in surfing history and created a world-class “stadium” venue to showcase the sport.  The Bud Tour received extensive media coverage and jump-started the careers of a new crop of Americans led by Kelly Slater, Taylor Knox, Rob Machado, Shane Beschen and Pat O’Connell.

Among myriad achievements ranging from co-founder of the Bronzed Aussies, appearances in two-dozen surf movies and overseeing the Bluetorch media company, perhaps the most indelible mark Cairns made in the world of surfing is the gargantuan U.S. Open.  Prior to taking a brief hiatus from the sport, Cairns helped lay the foundation for the U.S. Open to become the world’s largest professional surfing competition and a consumer showcase for the sport.

“Ian Cairns is a true Surfing Legend who continually pours his heart and soul into our Sport,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai.  “Big Wave Surfer, fierce competitor and currently the head coach of the USA Surf Team, we are very honored that he will be inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame this summer!”

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Dick Baker to be inducted to Surfers’ Hall Of Fame

Dick Baker
Who: You Are invited

What: Dick Baker Surfers’ Hall Of Fame Induction

Where: In Front of Huntington Surf & Sport – 300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA

When: Thursday Dec. 10th 5pm

We are celebrating the life and contributions of Dick Baker. Come join the festivities.

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Chris Hawk – Inducted to Hall Of Fame

Chris Hawk

Come join us for the Surfers’ Hall Of Fame Induction of Chris Hawk. Ceremony starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 18th 2009. Ceremony will be held at Huntington Surf & Sport on Main St. & PCH (300 Pacific Coast HWY).

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2009 Surfers’ Hall Of Fame Inductees


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.

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Joey Buran

Joey BuranThe “California Kid” Joey Buran is joining Jeff Hakman, Bruce Brown and Pat O’Connell as the 2009 inductees into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame, at 10 a.m. Friday, July 24 in front of Huntington Surf & Sport (corner of PCH and Main).  A former Pipeline Masters Champion and the first California surfer to win a World Tour event, Buran’s foot and handprints will be forever immortalized in concrete alongside surfing’s greatest heroes and pioneers.

“Wow!  We just received confirmation that Joey Buran will be here for this year’s Surfers’ Hall of Fame Ceremony and everyone is so stoked including me,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame Founder, Aaron Pai.  “Joey Buran is ‘The California Kid’ and he showed us how to surf Pipe back in the day.  Joey has done so much for our Sport of Surfing in the past and is still contributing to our sport today as the Coach of the USA Surf Team!  We are very much honored to be able to induct Joey Buran into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame!”

Buran began life landlocked in the mid-west (Cleveland), but moved to Carlsbad in 1972.  He started surfing in 1973 at the age of 12 and by 1975 was already ranked as the top amateur surfer in California.  After turning pro in 1978 Buran defeated Rabbit Bartholomew in his inaugural man-on-man event, won his first pro title in Oceanside and reached the final round of the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii defeating, among others, two-time reigning champion Rory Russell.  He received the nickname “California Kid” from ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Buran finished his rookie pro season in the top 30, became California’s first full-time surfer on the tour and was voted the “Most Inspirational Surfer” on the IPS World Tour.  Continuing his climb, Joey entered the elite Top 16 in 1980 and remained the only representative from the Golden State until 1983.  The following year (1984) Buran produced a string of victories that included the Katin Team Challenge, Tropix Grand Prix and culminated with surfing’s most prestigious contest, the Pipeline Masters, in 20 foot surf.  He finished seventh on the ASP World Tour ratings and was named the “Most Improved Surfer.”

Joey made a career change in 1985 when he semi-retired from professional surfing and started the Professional Surfing Association of America (PSAA), giving young pros an opportunity he never had: to make some money and gain some experience before joining the big leagues.  For two years, he was Joey Buran, executive director.  In 1987, frustrated with the thankless position, he moved on, taking several months to regroup and eventually enrolled at Mira Costa Junior College in search of direction.

In 1987 Joey answered a calling to serve in the ministry; from 1988 to 1990 Buran was an assistant pastor at Calvary Chapel of Vista.  And by 1991 Joey had all but quit surfing and moved to Virginia Beach to become a full-time pastor.  Four years later, he went to Vermont to start a new church in Burlington.  After things got rolling there, the Buran family, which consisted of wife Jennifer and four children, relocated to California.

Following an eight-year absence, Joey re-entered the surfing community as a manager and coach of the Billabong Amateur Surf Team.  In 1998 Buran returned to compete in the Pipeline Masters as well as several other events, winning the Oxbow World Championship in Puerto Escondido, Mexico.  In 1999, Fifteen years after his historic Pipe Masters victory, Joey again tackled the legendary Banzai Pipeline for the final time, narrowly missing a spot in the main event.

In January of 2000 Buran returned to guest speaking and full-time ministry focusing on youth outreach, public school Christian clubs, youth retreats and camps.  After serving at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa for five years Joey stepped out to start a brand new church in Orange County.  Worship Generation held its first service in the city of Fountain Valley in June of 2005.  Joey focused on the priorities of the new church but continued his involvement with the surfing community.

In early August 2007 Joey was approached by Surfing America to become head coach of the US National Team.  On August 8th he accepted the position and presently holds the distinction of being the Pastor of a Church and head coach of the US National Team

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