Rell Sunn:
"I think it's an honor to be on the Walk of Fame
with Duke Kahanamoku."

Photo by Ken Ige, Star-Bulletin

Sunn gets her chance
to shine

By Greg Ambrose

Hawaii surfer Rell Sunn has been honored with a granite stone in the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame. The walk stretches down Main Street, which leads to the famed Huntington Beach Pier and intersects California's Pacific Coast Highway.

During induction ceremonies Thursday, Sunn's stone will be etched with her accomplishments as Hawaii's first wahine lifeguard, a surfing champion, founder of the Menehune Contest and worldwide ambassador of aloha.

"That's surf city, it's a special place," Sunn said of Huntington Beach. "I think it's an honor to be on the Walk of Fame with Duke Kahanamoku," the father of modern surfing and the first surfer honored with a plaque on the walk.

"We're still lucky enough to have great role models in Hawaii, like the Keaulanas and (Waianae lifeguard and surfer) Pua Mokuau."

Joining Sunn with stones on the Walk of Fame are surf pioneer Greg Noll, surf champion Nat Young, filmmaker Bud Browne and local hero Corky Carroll.

Earlier this summer, the Surf Industry Manufacturer's Association honored Sunn with the Waterman Achievement Award. "She embodies the mystique of the sport and communicates that to the outside world with a wonderful aura," said Steve Pezman, publisher of the Surfer's Journal.


When the International Olympic committee formally recognized the International Surfing Association in April, 1995, the biennial World Surfing Championships underwent a dramatic change.

Formerly the springboard for amateurs such as Tom Curren and Hawaii's Kalani Robb to become professional surfing superstars, the contest has been transformed into the World Surfing Games. Starting October 5 in Huntington Beach, the games will feature 600 competitors and officials from 32 international teams to engage in Olympic-style festivities.

The games will commence with teams clad in national colors parading down Main Street to Huntington Beach Pier, followed by nine days of amateur competition in longboard, bodyboard, kneeboard and shortboard divisions. For the first time, following Olympic standards, professional surfers will be allowed to compete in the open division.

World champion Kelly Slater and No. 2-rated pro surfer Rob Machado have been invited to compete for Team USA.

Many surfers worldwide are working toward making surfing at least a demonstration sport in the 2000 Olympics in Australia, though they are hampered by a dearth of organized governing bodies in many countries.

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