NSSA Walk of Fame 

In celebration of the NSSA’s 30 year anniversary, founding members Chuck Allen, Holly Allen, Tom Gibbons, Dr. Laird Hayes, Rob Hill and John Rothrock will be inducted into the “Honor Roll” of the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk.  Created in 1995, the Honor Roll pays tribute to those individuals who have contributed to surfing and its culture and are deserving of recognition, but might not qualify to receive a stone on the Walk of Fame.

The story of the NSSA takes us back to the late 70’s when American competitive surfing was in a state of turmoil. The surfing organizations that did exist, lacked structure and discipline.  By 1978, the disarray was enough for El Toro High School’s Chuck Allen, Edison High School’s John Rothrock, Orange Coast College’s Dr. Laird Hayes, Huntington Beach High School’s Rob Hill and Long Beach State’s Tom Gibbons to create a surfing organization that would unite all of America’s competitive surfers under one common banner. 

By forming the NSSA and requiring that each member be passing in school, the founders hoped that surfing would no longer be the sport that was associated with the old “beach bum” stereotype. 

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Rip Curl Cup 

An abandoned Taiwanese fishing boat smashed into the reef of the famous Balinese wave Padang Padang on the day of the Rip Curl Cup opening ceremony on Saturday, July 12.

The over 100+ ft (33+ m) ship wrecked around midnight and was found the next morning devoid of its crew that had apparently bailed well before it hit the reef. Shortly after dawn that Saturday morning, alarmed local fishing boats had pulled up outside of the beached vessel whose hold of oversized catch including tuna, sharks, and mahi-mahi had begun to be pilfered.

It is not certain whether the boat had proper permits to fish or even be in Indonesian waters. Government officials and local police are investigating and have taken the matter into their own hands. There were no explosives or anything of a dangerous or illicit nature found on board, although rumor has it that the ship has been in trouble for illegal fishing in the past. No-one was hurt in the wreck.

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Flynn Novak

Tagged as the greatest day ever for professional surfing on the South Shore of Oahu, the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Qualifying Series (WQS) 1-Star Macy’s E-Series presented by ASP Hawaii ended on an all-time high today, in great conditions at Ala Moana Bowls.

Haleiwa’s Flynn Novak was the winner, pocketing $2,500, second went to Bowls local David Gonsalves (Honolulu), third was Jason Shibata (Haleiwa), and fourth was veteran competitor Kaipo Jaquias (Lihue, Kauai).

Saving the best for the very last day of the nine-day holding period, Bowls turned on and pumped out waves with machine-like consistency. Wave face heights of six-to-eight feet stacked up before barreling and walling off all the way through to the Waikiki boat harbor entrance.

The top of the swell peaked during the semi-finals where the average scoring ride for all competitors across the board came in at 9.25 points out of a possible 10 - a first for pro surfing here in Hawaii.

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