On Friday August 1st, the morning of day 7 at the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing, the Surfers’ Hall of Fame inducted two new faces into their prestigious lineup. Timmy Turner and Rusty Preisendorfer were surrounded by friends and loved ones as they left their legacy in Surf City like many other great ones have.
Rick “Rockin’ Fig” Fignetti and David Stanfield emceed the event while Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper provided a special welcome to all attendees.
“Timmy Turner is a great soul surfer, amazing movie maker and has become one of the city’s most famous sons,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai.
Timmy is also well known for being a hardworking busboy at his family’s restaurant, The Sugar Shack. A surf trip to Indonesia at age 17 became the catalyst for a burgeoning filmmaking career. Over the span of three years and numerous trips to an uninhabited Indonesian island, Timmy documented three surfers conquering epic waves on a dangerous reef, braving the elements and struggling to survive. Second Thoughts won ‘Movie of the Year’ at the 2004 SURFER Poll and Video Awards, putting Turner on the map.
Rusty Preisendorfer is one of the industry’s most prolific and forward-thinking shapers/entrepreneurs, whose iconic R-dot boards are ridden by the world’s elite surfers. The famous shaper is also the founder of the Rusty clothing line. When the Surf Channel asked Rusty how he went about naming the company clothing line he shared:
“I actually give my friend PT credit on this one and I am thankful for his insight since I was not sure what to name my clothing line, he said just name it “Rusty” that’s what the kids are calling it.
Rusty’s wife Angie said a few words during the ceremony as she looked at her husband with pride and teary eyes: “Rusty, you are very deserving of this award, I am so proud of you and thank you for letting me be part of your life to witness this moment.”
The nation’s first imprint collection of legendary surfers, the Surfers’ Hall of Fame celebrated its first induction in 1997 inside of specialty retailer Huntington Surf & Sport where several slabs remain. Four years later with the blessing of the City Council and a stunning bronze statue of the sport’s spiritual leader Duke Kahanamoku serving as a backdrop, the ceremony moved outside to the corner of PCH and Main, less than 100 feet from the famed Huntington Beach Pier, site of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing.
The Surfers’ Hall of Fame induction ceremony pays tribute to those individuals who have made an indelible mark on the sport, industry and culture of surfing. Annually, tens of thousands of visitors travel to Huntington Beach’s downtown area and literally walk in the footsteps of surfing superstars and legends from several eras including Laird Hamilton, Andy Irons, Jack O’Neill, Robert August, Bob Hurley, Sean Collins, Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Pat O’Connell, Al Merrick, Shaun Tomson, Rob Machado, Skip Frye and Rabbit Kekai.
Also recognized during this ceremony with awards by The Orange County Register were O.C. San Clemente based surfers Greg Long for ‘Standout Surfer of the Year’ and Tia Blanco for ‘Rising Star Surfer of the Year.’