The Cronulla Surfing Walk of Fame recognise those who achieve world class and elite levels in surfing sports.
Ranked among the best surfers of the 1960s, Cronulla’s favorite son,Bobby Brown, was destined for surfing greatness when he was struck down in a pub brawl, two months shy of his 21st birthday. Brown was only 17 when he burst on the surfing scene to defeat Midget Farrelly to win the 1964 NSW state titles. A few weeks later in the debut World Surfing Championships at Manly. Brown, at 17 the youngest qualifier, was beaten into fourth place.
He was an open men’s finalist in both the 1966 Nationals at Coolangatta and 1967 Nationals at Bells Beach, Victoria. Brown represented surfing’s age of innocence before the short board totally changed the surfing lifestyle, and was credited with developing the inside-the-curl style which was to take Australia to the forefront of world surfing.
- Inducted by: Brian Jackson – Jackson Surfboards
- Insert on: 7/2/2015
Green joined the pro tour circuit in 1984, the same year he moved back to Cronulla, and in three years his rating went from 31st to 20th to 14th winning the Gunston 500 in 1986. He was fast and nimble in the water, best in smaller waves. Midway through the 1987 season, while holding the No. 6 position in the ratings, Green abruptly quit the tour, saying his world circuit peers had become too serious. Far from finished, however, he went on to become one of the first sponsored surfers to draw a salary as a globetrotting “photo pro”— paid to free-surf around the world, creating media exposure for the brands he represented.
Inducted by: David Highland – Highland Property Agents
Insert on: 7/2/2015
Mark “Occy” Occhilupo
Born in Kurnell, Occy began surfing at the age of nine, won his first Schoolboys contest at 13, was ranked third in the world at 17, and won the Pipeline Masters at 19 before he dropped off the pro tour at 22. In that stint between 1983 and 1988, Occy made 11 finals and won nine. Out of 247 heats surfed he won 189 – a success rate only Mark Richards and Occy’s great rival, Tom Curren, had higher winning percentages. In 1996, Occy was back, requalifying for the world tour in 1997 where he finished the second to Kelly Slater.
In 1999 he won three tour events and scored highly enough in the others to win the world title at the age of 33, sixteen years after his career began. Occy finally retired in 2007.
- Inducted by: Adam Brissenden – Peak Wetsuits
- Insert on: 7/2/2015
Bodyboarder Andrew Lester grew up surfing in the competitive dog eat dog environment at Cronulla and was quick to standout both as a contest winning machine as well as a strong free surfer.
In 2001, Lester won the Pipeline Contest in Hawaii. Fourteen years later he completed his dream by winning the event he was always destined to win: The Shark Island Challenge.
Lester was one of Australia’s most successful competitors on the Australian domestic tour, the only rider to win the Australian title four times. He competed on the World tour where he was runner up twice and in 2004 won the bodyboard gold medal at the World Surfing Games.
Throughout his career Lester has been described as one of the most feared competitors in the sport of bodyboarding
- Inducted by: Des Govender – Emerald Bodyboard Specialists
- Insert on: 7/2/2015
Eligibility criteria for inclusion
- Achieved a World Title in their chosen surf sport (ie: Mark Occhilupo, Andrew Lester, Gavin Colman)
- Qualified for the WSL men’s or women’s World Championship Tour (no current examples)
- Qualified for the ASP men’s or women’s World Championship Tour (ie: Jim Banks, Gary Green, Richard Marsh)
- Competed in the Open Division of a World Title event prior to the formation of the ASP/WSL World Tour (ie: Bobby Brown – 1964 World Titles)
- Has made a significant and outstanding contribution to surfing in our local community (ie: Duke Kahanamoku)
The following does not currently provide eligibility for inclusion into the Cronulla Surfing Walk of Fame
- Competing in or winning a National or State Title (ie: Junior, Open or Age divisions titles)
- Competing in or winning a National or State School Surfing Title (ie: Individual or MR Shield)
- Surfing in ASP Trials Events (These were held prior to ASP World Tour events and considered similar to competing on the current WQS)
- Surfing in ASP/WSL Qualifying Series or Pro Junior Events (ie: any surfer can enter these events – pending qualification points)
- Surfing on World Tours for Longboard, Bodyboard, or Kneeboard without winning the actual World Title for that discipline (often no qualification process is required to enter)
Note: Nominations will be considered buy the Surfing Sutherland Shire committee whenever eligibility criteria is attained. Plaques need to be funded and Sutherland Shire Council permission granted prior to installation.
What the Walk Of Fame means to them
“The walk of fame will be a wonderful way to encourage the next generation of surfers to aspire to one day see their name recorded forever along this stretch of magnificent coastline,”
“Over the course of 100 years, surfing has become a multi-million dollar business that is integral to the Cronulla brand. The Cronulla Surfing Walk of Fame is a tangible and permanent celebration of the sport which has enriched our local culture, and of its iconic stars,”