Dane Reynolds enters the Surfers' Hall of Fame

August 6, 2012 | Surfing
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Dane Reynolds has been inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame, in Huntington Beach Surf City USA.

The Ventura surfer, leader of the progressive surfing generation, is considered one of the best free surfers in the world and has been creating a new school of aerial moves.

"It's an honor, especially as I'm looking at all these names down here," he said. "I'm honored to be a part of it", said the man of few words. Reynolds took his dog Truffle to the event to put her paws in cement next to his prints. Dane enter the Surfing Walk of Fame at the age of 26.

He was born in 1985 and started surfing at the age of 10 after he moved from Bakersfield to Ventura. It was here on the point breaks around Santa Barbara that Dane honed his progressive style.

He first started competing at age 13 and by age 17 was considered to be California’s greatest hope for a world title, the heir to Tom Curren’s late ’80s early ’90s soul reign, and heartthrob to tons of teenage girls reading the surf magazines.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the nation’s first imprint collection of legendary surfers, the Surfers' Hall of Fame celebrated its first induction in 1997, inside of specialty retailer Huntington Surf & Sport where several slabs remain.

Four years later with the blessing of the City Council and a stunning bronze statue of sport’s spiritual leader Duke Kahanamoku serving as a backdrop, the ceremony moved outside to the corner of PCH and Main, less than 100 feet from the famed Huntington Beach Pier, site of the U.S. Open of Surfing.

Surfing superstars and legends from several eras who are already immortalized in cement include Laird Hamilton, Andy Irons, Jack O’Neill, Robert August, Bob Hurley, Sean Collins, Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Pat O’Connell, Al Merrick, Shaun Tomson and Rob Machado.