Surfer Timmy Reyes pointed out to the Huntington Beach Pier, where he’s surfed countless times throughout his career.
“I learned everything about surfing here,” Reyes, of Huntington Beach, said. “Definitely a lot of blood, sweat and tears along the way.”
Reyes, a longtime competitive surfer who now travels the world chasing big swells, was among a handful of surf icons and influencers honored, Thursday, Aug. 3, as the newest class of Surfing Walk of Fame inductees were added in stone along the walkway in front of Jack’s Surfboards on Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway.
The Walk of Fame, celebrating its 24th year, has honored more than 150 surfers. Joining Reyes this year were: Barton Lynch (Surf Champion), Jeff Hakman (Surf Pioneer), Jim Jenks (Surf Culture), Pam Burridge (Woman of the Year) and Huntington Beach High School surf team coaches (Honor Roll).
The induction started off with the Rev. Christian Mondor saying a prayer for the inductees and surfers everywhere: “May their contributions to the sport of surfing keep us always stoked,” he said. “Bless them and keep them safe on land, in the water, and sometimes as they fly off the lip.”
The Honor Roll award went to Huntington Beach High School’s five surf coaches through the years — Bill Garland, Bruce Gabrielson, Rob Hill, Chuck Allen and current coach Andy Verdone.
“We are lucky to have people in Huntington Beach that have an open mind that surfing is a sport, that surfing is something special for a lot of people,” said the school’s principal, Daniel Morris. “What our teachers saw was that this was a hook for a lot of kids. Huntington Beach High School is dedicated to making surfers, these kids, understand how valuable their education is.”
The Surf Culture award went to Jenks, who created the iconic OP label. Jenks noticed a need for performance-based surf shorts that eventually led to a worldwide movement in surf/lifestyle fashion.
He said if it weren’t for one of his early accounts, Jack’s Surfboards, the business never would have been successful.
“Our brand literally exploded, our business was building every single year. Things were going big fast. There was really no one out there dong this stuff,” Jenks said.
“All of a sudden, there were surf movies, surf music. We were lucky we were on that wave. It was…