Randy Rarick, former Triple Crown of Surfing Executive Director, has been named a 2014 Surfing Walk of Fame honoree, as a Surf Pioneer. Rarick's achievements span the spectrum from his days as a former professional surfer and Hawaii contest organizer to master shaper and surfing globetrotter. A group of surf industry veterans, former professional surfers, and surf journalists narrowed down a field of hundreds of candidates to name this year's six honorees.
The annual ceremony is slated for July 31, during the 2014 Vans US Open of Surfing, stop No. 6 on the Women's World Championship Tour (WCT). Fans attending the competition can join the festivities, at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main St. in Huntington Beach, CA.
Rarick and the other five honorees will plant their hands and feet in the pavement alongside prints from former inductees, including Duke Kahanamoku, Kelly Slater, Lisa Anderson, Tom Curren, Bruce Brown, and Eddie Aikau.
The Vans Triple Crown, in whose success Rarick has been integral, has long been considered the most prestigious achievement in surfing, outside of the ASP World Title. It is awarded each year to the top surfer after three uniquely challenging, ASP-rated events. The three competitions run back-to-back on Oahu's North Shore, taking advantage of the island's giant winter waves.
Triple Crown winners are an elite bunch, with well-rounded skills in myriad conditions. Past champions include Slater, John John Florence (HAW), Joel Parkinson (AUS), Andy Irons (HAW), Sunny Garcia (HAW), Derek Ho (HAW), and Tom Carroll (AUS).
ASP licensed the Triple Crown in May. The Crown will include the women's return to Hawaii with the WCT finale at the Maui Women's Pro, a women's Pipe Masters showcase featuring top international and local talent, two men's ASP Prime events, and the men's final ASP WCT event of the year, the Billabong Pipe Masters.
Randy Rarick provides commentary with David Stanfield at the 2008 Billabong Pipe Masters
Joining Rarick are Larry Bertlemann (Surf Champion), John Van Hamersveld (Surf Culture), Phyllis O'Donnell (Woman of the Year), Mike Haley (Local Hero) and Vince Moorhouse (Honor Roll). To learn more about the Surfing Walk of Fame visit www.surfingwalkoffame.com.