Huntington Beach native and surfing legend Chris Hawk will be inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame this Friday, September 18.
Along with his brothers, Chris played a key role in creating Huntington Beach's surf culture in the 1960s and 1970s. He won national renown for his surfboard shaping, a skill which he diligently learned alongside greats like Reno Abellira, Davie Abbott and Dick Brewer. Surfers all over California knew his reputation and his boards.
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Chris has been diagnosed with throat cancer, and his treatment has prevented him from shaping and surfing. But his contributions to Orange County surf culture and the surfing world at large are without question. Friday's ceremony will include awarding Chris the Surfers' Hall of Fame Trophy and cementing his hand and foot prints in the sidewalk. He will leave his mark at the base of Duke Kahanamoku's statue, along with a host of names as diverse as Bud Llamas, Sean Collins and Bruce Irons.