Stephanie Gilmore and Mick Fanning take out Surf Awards – Huntington Beach
As Huntington Beach’s Surfing Walk of Fame celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year also sees two Aussies inducted. It has just been announced that this year Stephanie Gilmore has won ‘Women of the Year’ and Mick Fanning has won ‘Surf Champion’. These Aussie legendary wave riders will now be forever enshrined in surfing’s history books on August 2nd, 2018 in Huntington Beach, California.
The Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach is located across the street from the Hall of Fame (where Mick was inducted last year) and inducts members of the surf community for various categories. Their names are recognized with plaques placed on the sidewalks surrounding Jack’s Surfboards retail shop.
Surfing Walk of Fame’s 2018 honorees in their respective categories: Mick Fanning (Surf Champion), Ben Aipa (Surf Pioneer), Bob McKnight (Surf Culture), Stephanie Gilmore (Woman of the Year), Randy Lewis (Local Hero) and Fernando Aguerre and Steve Van Doren (Honor Roll).
Celebrating a landmark 25 years of honoring surf legends, 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.
“I couldn’t think of a better class of inductees for our 25th anniversary celebration,” said Don MacAllister, Chairman of the Board. “From Fanning to Gilmore, Aipa to McKnight … not to mention the amazing Honor Roll recipients, August 2nd’s induction will be one for the ages. We hope to see everyone there.”
Three-time World Champion Mick Fanning headlines the group on the heels of his recent runner-up finish at the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, which also happened to be his final competitive sendoff into retirement.
The Gold Coast native amassed 22 World Tour victories and 11 Top 5 finishes over his illustrious 17-year career. But just because the jersey is off, doesn’t mean his surfing will slow down anytime soon.
Joining Fanning in H.B. while earning the Women of the Year induction is fellow Gold Coaster — and six-time World Champion — Stephanie Gilmore. She’s locked down six titles over an eight-year span, and at the age of 30, is still a perennial contender for the crown, most recently winning the 2018 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach.
The Walk of Fame ceremonies will take place during the US Surf Open, the weeklong summer festival will showcase the best in surfing, skateboarding, and BMX, while providing engaging beach activities for the entire family to enjoy. (July 28th – August 5th)
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