In the shadow of the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Surf City USA’s Main Street was blocked off to honor the 25th class of inductees to the Surfing Walk of Fame on Thursday morning. Through a selection ballot, a host of respected surf industry veterans, former professionals and surf journalists narrowed down a field of hundreds of candidates to just seven – one of which was 3x World Champion Mick Fanning.
Inducted as the Surf Champion alongside other icons like Stephanie Gilmore, Bob McKnight and more, Mick Fanning’s star on the Surfing Walk of Fame will live on in surfing history forever.
“I want to thank everyone for inducting me into the Surfing Walk of Fame,” Mick said, over a video recorded from his home on the Gold Coast. Unfortunately he was unable to attend the ceremony, but made sure his appreciation was heartfelt.
“I’m very honored. I’m also deeply honored to be alongside all the greats of U.S. and International surfing.”
The Surfing Walk of Fame is the only tribunal in surfing to award specific categories as well as require a 10-year margin since the commemorating achievement. This year’s recipients will be cemented alongside past inductees, earning their immortal place in the pavement on the corner of PCH and Main Street, directly across from the famous pier in Surf City USA —Huntington Beach, California.
Past recipients of the Surfing Walk of Fame honors include Duke Kahanamoku, Kelly Slater, Lisa Anderson, Tom Curren, Bruce Brown, Eddie Aikau and more.
For additional information go to www.surfingwalkoffame.com.
3x World Champion Mick Fanning Inducted Into the Surfing Walk of Fame