Legend of the golden era of Malibu and the first coming of the longboard, Lance Carson, in the “Class of 2022”. Lance was the inspiration for the Matt Johnson character in Big Wednesday.
1 August 22
Press Release: The Surfing Walk of Fame is pleased to announce Brett Simpson, Jodie Cooper, Lance Carson, Honk, Dr. Bruce Gabrielson and Al Hunt as its class of 2022.
The induction ceremony will take place in Huntington Beach on the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in front of Jack’s Surf Shop. The ceremony, which will see engraved granite stones placed in the sidewalk, will take place on August 4, 2022, at 10:00am, where the honorees’ names will all be enshrined in front of Jack’s Surfboards on the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street in Huntington Beach.
“This is an exceptional class of legends, barrier breakers and local heroes. It’s an honor to add them to Huntington Beach’s Walk Of Fame,” said Peter Townend, surfing’s first world champ who also helps oversee the Walk Of Fame. “This class really exemplifies what it means to be a surfer or impact our surf culture.”
Hailing from Huntington Beach, Simpson is being honored in the Surf Champion category. A two-time U.S. Open champion, veteran of the WSL Championship Tour and served as the United States’ first Olympic Surf Coach at the Tokyo Games in 2021, Simpson continues to be an impactful member of the surf community.
Cooper is being celebrated as Woman of The Year. Growing up in Australia’s fierce competitive scene, she was one of the most steely competitors of the 1980s and is a former winner of the Op Pro right here in Huntington Beach. In 1997, Cooper became the first high-profile pro surfer to publicly come out as gay. Today she continues to surf at a high level and be a champion for equal rights.
A distinguished member of Malibu’s early generation, Carson is being inducted as a Surf Pioneer. Enjoying icon status for over 50 years, he’s a talented noserider and powerful surfer. In fact, the movie Big Wednesday was based around his persona. These days, when he’s not in the water, Carson continues to build beautiful, highly functional longboards.
In 1972, MacGillivray-Freeman Films released their seminal Five Summer Stories and put California country-rock band Honk on the map. They will be honored for their contribtions to Surf Culture. The six-member outfit had been playing gigs at bars and clubs around their local Laguna Beach when filmmaker Greg MacGillivray happened upon them and decided to have them supply some music for his upcoming release. The movie’s official LP would be the band’s first record.
Local Hero honors will go to Gabrielson, who’s been a fixture in Huntington Beach since the halcyon 1960s. A man of many talents, he’s served as president of the Huntington Beach Surfing Association, sat on the Board of Directors and served as Contest Director for the United States Surfboard Championship, as well as coached the Huntington Beach High School Surf Team.
And making the Honor Roll, the beautiful mind of Al Hunt has helped certify more world titles than anyone else in surfing. Widely regarded as the sport’s most prolific statistician and number cruncher, Hunt’s career has spanned decades and generations. Hunt’s relentless recording keeping and tabulating skills have made him an invaluable cog in the pro surfing wheel.
The 2022 Surfing Walk Of Fame inductees will be celebrated on August 4, 2022, at 10:00am.
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About The Walk Of Fame
Going back nearly three decades, Huntington Beach’s Walk Of Fame was the vision of Mike Abdelmuti, owner of Jack’s Surf Shop, as well as a group of dedicated locals and a founding board of directors who all shared a similar vision: to honor those that have contributed to the surf culture, lifestyle and industry. Located on the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast High in front of Jack’s Surf Shop, the first class was honored in 1994. The categories that are honored include Surf Pioneer, Surf Champion, Woman of the Year, Surf Culture, Local Hero and Honor Roll. Every year more than 200 ballots are sent out to decide who will be recognized.