By Corky Carroll
It’s that time of year again leading up to the big mid-summer surf contest and all of the activities that go along with it, such as the “Surfers Hall of Fame” induction ceremony. This year marks the 25th anniversary celebration and will be held on August 5th at 9 A.M. in the SHOF plaza in front of Huntington Surf ‘n Sport at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street in Huntington Beach.
More on the ceremony in my next column. Today I want to talk about this years inductees. Big wave charger Peter Mel, Surf Adventurer and Explorer Martin Daly and the whole surf worlds favorite Main Street Mom, Michele Turner. I told you all about Peter Mel last time, today is about Martin and Michele.
Aaron Pai, the founder of the Surfers Hall of Fame, and his selection committee did some “out of the box” thinking this year and came up with two people that are legendary in their particular spheres although not too known to the general public. Kinda of a refreshing change to the normal super famous surfers who are normally on the induction list.
Martin Daley is without a doubt the most experienced and heralded boat caption in the known surfing world. Australian born surfer and diver Martin moved to South East Asia in 1981 to work marine diving jobs. Over the course of then next decade or so he bought a broken down boat, fixed it up and semi renamed it the “M.V. Indies Trader.” He and that boat are responsible for exploring and discovering more amazing surf breaks that anyone ever has or most likely ever will. He has taken thousands of surfers on dream voyages to exotic and secret waves located far off the known surf map.
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Hired by Quicksilver, and supported by the United Nations, Martin took on the seven year mission of a surf adventure around the world finding new spots and checking on coral health. This little trek resulted in visiting 56 countries, 4 territories and the discovery of 115 new surf breaks. 160,000 nautical miles all in all. This is like going around the world 8 times. An Amazing feat.
Not only is Martin “THE Capitan,” but he is also recognized as an amazing big wave charger and expert surfer. If you aren’t a very hard-core surfer, and pretty much even if you are, I doubt you would know about Martin Daly. It is to the credit of SHOF to shed some light on a person well deserving the induction who didn’t get there thru the normal way in the limelight.
The other inductee this year is all of our favorite surf mom, the iconic Michele Turner. How do I tell you about her? For decades Michele has owned and operated the “Sugar Shack” restaurant on Main Street in Huntington Beach. She is the mother of two legendary and world class surfers, Timmy and Ryan Turner. Thru the years she has made breakfast for about every famous surfer on the planet who has come through Huntington Beach and befriended probably all of them.
Anybody and everybody who comes to town makes it a point to have breakfast with Michele. She is one of the sweetest and kindest people ever and loved by all of us. She raised her two surf boys to be not only great surfers but truly outstanding people. This is another person who is well known within the hard core surf world that would not be known to the gen pop. Well deserving of some love and limelight. Again, the SHOF crew attempting to give credit to admired and respected “core” legends. Good on ya.
Stay tuned for a rundown on the 25th annual Surfers Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the evolution of the incredible “
Surfing Pai Family” next time. Awhoooo!!!!