HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Aug. 5 (UPI) — Three San Diego natives have been inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame, including surf champion Rob Machado, who said the honor was “mind boggling.”
Machado, Skip Frye and Debbie Beacham, along with four other professional surfers, participated in the ceremony Thursday in front of Jack’s Surfboards in Huntington Beach, Calif., The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Their names were added to over 100 others that have made significant impact on the surfing world.
Beacham shared the organization’s 2011 woman of the year honor with Kathy “Gidget” Kohner.
Frye, a surfboard maker and this year’s “surf pioneer,” said” “To see how far surfing has come — oh my goodness. To see a city embrace surfing like this is totally incredible,” The Orange County Register reported.
“It’s quite the cast, this group of people,” Machado said. “To be included in this group here, it’s mind boggling. Huntington Beach has given me some amazing memories.”
The Surfing Walk of Fame, with inductees’ names engraved in slabs of granite, has been on display for 18 years.