Fernando Aguerre: a passionate surfer and restless professional | Photo: Evans/ISA

Fernando Aguerre is one of the six inductees into Surfing Walk of Fame's 2018 class.

The president of the International Surfing Association (ISA) was honored for taking surfing into the Olympic Games for the first time in its history.

The ceremony was held in Huntington Beach, California, and saw this year's recipients immortalized in the pavement opposite the local pier.

"It is an honor for me. This is a prestigious award and one that I will cherish. Surfing is my life, and I have worked hard to ensure that, through the ISA, I can spread the sport around the world," underlined Aguerre.

Surfing will make its Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020. Twenty male and 20 female surfers will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals at Tsurigasaki Beach, in the Chiba prefecture.

"I'd like to share this award with everyone who helped me and the ISA in making our Olympic dream a reality in 2016. The surfing community came together to support a historic common cause, and for that, I will be eternally grateful."

Fernando Aguerre: an Argentinian with Southern California blood | Photo: ISA

Fernando Aguerre was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 1958. He started surfing at the age of 11 and, in 1984, he moved to Southern California.

One year later, he co-founded Reef with his brother Santiago. By the turn of the millennium, his brand was selling surf sandals in over 100 countries.

Aguerre is a restless individual. He founded the National Surfing Association of Argentina, the Pan American Surfing Association, and ran the first World Surfing Games.

He spent more than 20 years of his life trying to get surfing into the Olympics to fulfill the dream of the pioneer of the sport, Duke Kahanamoku.

Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame | 2018 Inductees

Surf Pioneer: Ben Aipa (HAW)
Surf Champion: Mick Fanning (AUS)
Woman of the Year: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS)
Surf Culture: Bob McKnight (USA)
Local Hero: Randy Lewis (USA)
Honor Roll: Fernando Aguerre (ARG)