East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame Accepting Applications for 2022
The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, founded in 1996 by Greg “Da Bull” Noll and Cecil Lear, is proud to announce it is now accepting applications from the public for the Class of 2022.
The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame inducts a new class every two years. Since the first induction in 1996, 167 deserving surfers have been honored with Hall of Fame recognition.
The process for selection includes four separate stages:
- Submission of applications from the public
- Nominating Committee review and vote
- Selection Committee review and vote on official ballot
- Board of Directors ratification
This process was designed to ensure, as best as possible, that all completed new applications submitted will receive equal consideration. In addition, surfers submitted in prior years, who have made it to the ballot but were not selected, remain on the Selection Committee ballot in perpetuity.
The Class of 2022 Inductees will first be announced during the September 2021 Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida. They will be formally inducted during a gala ceremony held during the January 2022 Surf Expo, which will be broadcast live on social media channels.
The most recent Induction of the Class of 2020 was held at Surf Expo in January 2020. Inductees were in five categories, and included:
Culture—Will Lucas, Maryland
Industry–Tyler Callaway, New York
Media—- Pete Hodgson, Florida
Legends–Tony Caramanico, New York; Richard “Dickie” Munson, Florida; Jesse Fernandez, North Carolina
Surfers—Bobby Owens, Florida; Bill Hartley, Florida; Adele Faba Berenda, Florida; Damien Hobgood, Florida
Also, the Cecil Lear President’s Award was given to Lewis Earl “Hoppy” Swarts.
The complete process for induction into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame is described on the official website, www.ecshofnominate.com.
For a listing of Hall of Famers, visit www.eastcoastsurfinghalloffame.com.
(Pictured: Class of 2020. Back row, R-to-L: Richard Munson, Tyler Callaway, Bill Hartley, Buzz Swarts for Lewis Earl “Hoppy” Swarts, Jesse Fernandez, Gary Germain (ECSHOF President). Front row, R-to-L: Adele Faba Barenda, Bobby Owens, Karen Lucas for Will Lucas, Tony Caramanico, Damien Hobgood, Matt Kechele for Pete Hodgson. Photo: Bruce Chrisner
About the ECSHOF
The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame is dedicated to the preservation of the history and heritage of East Coast Surfing by enshrining forever the people who have been responsible for surfing’s development and growth on the US East Coast. The ECSHOF was founded in 1996 by one of surfing’s truly great watermen, Greg Noll, along with East Coast legend, Cecil Lear. Every two years, the ECSHOF conducts a public candidate submission process, followed by a thorough nomination and selection process to determine the next ECSHOF Inductees.
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