Joey Buran Inducted Into Surfing Hall of Fame

by The Editors on March 31, 2009


Joey Buran began surfing 1973 and went on to become one of the best surfers ever to come from Carlsbadistan. Now, 36 year’s later Joey is joining Quiksilver co-founder Jeff Hakman, Endlesss Summer director Bruce Brown, and surfer Pat O’Connell as inductees into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame on Friday, July 24, 2009 in front of Huntington Surf & Sport in Huntington Beach, California.

Buran began life landlocked in the mid-west (Cleveland), but moved to Carlsbad in 1972. He started surfing in 1973 at the age of 12 and by 1975 was already ranked as the top amateur surfer in California. After turning pro in 1978 Buran defeated Rabbit Bartholomew in his inaugural man-on-man event, won his first pro title in Oceanside and reached the final round of the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii defeating, among others, two-time reigning champion Rory Russell. He received the nickname “California Kid” from ABC’s Wide World of Sports.

Since then Buran has worked mostly as a pastor with Calvary Chapel and in 2007 became the head coach of the US National Surf Team. Congrats, Joey. You’ve done Carlsbad proud.


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