California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Award

Mission Statement

A lifetime achievement honor, the “Silver Surfer Award” will be presented annually by the California Surf Museum to a surfer who has made significant contributions to the culture and lifestyle of the surfing community and whose life has also inspired others to expand their awareness and continues to set a shining example of a true Silver Surfer. The recipient will be presented with a “Silver Surfer Award” inscribed with their name and year of honor; a perpetual “Silver Surfer Award” with names of the recipients will be housed at the California Surf Museum.

California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Recipients – 2021

Debbie Beacham, Lynn Boyer, Kim Mearig, Tom Morey – In Memory,  Donald Takayama – In Memory and Joel Tudor
Presentations at the 14th Annual Gala Fundraiser, Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach/A Hilton Resort, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021

California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Recipients – 2019

Lisa Andersen, Tom Curren and Don Hansen
Presentations at the 12th Annual Gala Fundraiser, Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach/A Hilton Resort, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019
Don Hansen presented by Jim Jenks • Lisa Andersen presented by Bob McKnight • Tom Curren presented by Sam George

California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Recipients – 2018

Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Ian Cairns, Dane Kealoha, Margo Oberg, Mark “MR” Richards, Shaun Tomson and Peter “PT” Townend
Presentations at the 11th Annual Gala Fundraiser, Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach/A Hilton Resort, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018
Peter Townend presented by his sons Tosh and Jye Townend • Ian Cairns presented by Jim Kempton • Rabbit Bartholomew presented by Evan Slater • Margo Oberg presented and accepted by Bill Barnfield • Shaun Tomson presented by Jim Kempton • Mark Richards presented by Bob McKnight • Dane Kealoha accepted by Jim Kempton

California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Recipients – 2017

Fernando Aguerre, Gerry Lopez and Jericho Poppler
Presentations at the 10th Annual Gala Fundraiser, Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach/A Hilton Resort, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Fernando Aguerre presented by Paul Naudé • Jericho Poppler presented by Gregory Harrison • Gerry Lopez presented by Nat Young

California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Recipients – 2016

Joyce Hoffman and Nat Young
Presentations at the 9th Annual Gala Fundraiser, SpringHill Marriott Oceanside/Downtown, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016
Joyce Hoffman introduced and presented by Cori Schumacher • Nat Young introduced by Jock Sutherland presented by Jim Kempton

California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Recipient – 2015

Greg Noll
Presentation at the 8th Annual Gala Fundraiser, SpringHill Marriott Oceanside/Downtown, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015
Speakers: Gary Linden, Fernando Aguerre and Greg Long • Presented by Greg Long

California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Recipient – 2011

Skip Frye
Introduction by Michael Burner at the 4th Annual California Surf Festival, Brooks Theater, Oct. 16, 2011
Speakers: Jim Kempton, Sam Zuegner, Hank Warner, Michael Burner and Harold Reed • Presented by Gary Linden

California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Recipient – 2010

Linda Benson
Introduction by Paul Holmes at the 3rd Annual California Surf Festival, Brooks Theater, Oct. 10, 2010
Speakers: Ty Ponder, Julie Cox and Sally Clevenger • Presented by Jim Kempton

California Surf Museum’s Silver Surfer Recipients – 2009

Gary Linden
Introduction by Paul Holmes at the 2nd Annual California Surf Festival, Brooks Theater, Nov. 22, 2009
Inaugural Silver Surfer Award presented by Larry Balma