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Huntington Beach Surfers Hall of Fame Story & Photos

 

Shown above top left, clockwise are: Council member Joe Carchio, Huntington Surf & Sport owner Aaron Pai and Council member Keith Bohr; Mike Parsons, Brad Gerlach, Sean Collins and Wayne Rabbit Bartholomew; Surfer Brad Gerlach; Aaron Pai of HSS; Sean Collins of Surfline.com with Chris MacDonald of HB International Surfing Museum; crowd watches.


Story & photos: Chris MacDonald

Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum Community Ambassador



I went to the HSS (Huntington Surf And Sport) Surfer's Hall of Fame inductions event in front of their store at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in downtown Huntington Beach. Aaron Pai owner of HSS created an idea to make something similar to the Grohman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood where here in Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City, USA, we'd have our Walk Of Surfers portraying Hollywood. Each year he inducts four people into the Walk. This year's honorees included Mike Parsons, Brad Gerlach, Sean Collins (owner Of Surfline.Com) and Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew.

 

In attendance at the popular event were: Huntington Beach Mayor Debbie Cook, Huntington Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Keith Bohr, Huntington Beach City Council Members Joe Carchio and Gil Coerper, Huntington Beach City Treasurer Shari Freidenrich and Huntington Beach Economic Development Director Stanley Smalewitz. From the Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum was: Randy Lyford, Chris MacDonald (Community Ambassador), Dave Reynolds, Bob Slater, Bob Fredrickson, Gary Sahagen, Bill Fury And Jericho Poppler. Come and see this Walk of Fame. You'll be glad you did.

 

US Open of Surfing is held annually in July, and includes the Surfing Hall of Fame event and Walk of Fame, as well.