California Surf Museum honors Nat Young and Joyce Hoffman

October 11, 2016 | Surfing
Nat Young: a surfing star of the 1960s | Photo: Albert Falzon

The California Surf Museum will honor Nat Young and Joyce Hoffman on October 29, 2016.

It's a monumental year - the 30th anniversary of the California Surf Museum and the 50th anniversary of the 1966 ISF World Surfing Championships, a six-day event held in San Diego, California, and won by the legendary duo.

Young competed for nearly 30 years, from 1963 to 1991, and won four world titles.

In 1987, he was inducted into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame. Nat Young is widely considered one of the greatest surfers in the history of the sport.

With his hand-shaped famous "Magic Sam" longboard, he edged out Hawaii's Jock Sutherland in San Diego.

Young is the 2016 recipient of the museum's annual "Silver Surfer Award," given to a surfer who continues to make significant contributions to the culture and lifestyle of the sport.

He is an accomplished author ("The History of Surfing," "Nat's Nat and That's That," and more) and, along with Bob McTavish, pioneered the shortboard revolution and modern surfing soon after winning the 1966 contest.

Joyce Hoffman, often referred to as the first female international surfing star, was the first woman to surf the Banzai Pipeline and will be honored for her multitude of achievements.

Certainly noteworthy are the 1965 and 1966 world titles and her triumphs in the 1965, 1966, and 1967 United States Surfing Championships.

Hoffman was nearly invincible for four consecutive years and was inducted into the Huntington Beach Walk of Fame in 1994.