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The 2021 North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame pays tribute to those individuals who have contributed an indelible mark on the sport and culture of surfing. Competitive amateur and professional super stars, who successfully ride some of the biggest waves on the planet and have served up some of the best performances to date.

We also recognize surf shops, surfboard builders and shapers who built a reputation by providing knowledge, experience, and the warmest customer service, to become indispensable to the sport of surfing.

We celebrate all inductees and recognize the benefits that an active surfing culture brings to the North Carolina state economy and tourism industry. Embracing and sharing legends from several eras.

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2021 North Carolina
Surfing Hall of Fame Inductees

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Mason Barnes

One of the world’s most influential competitive big wave professional surfers. Mason has won awards for riding 100 foot plus giant waves. Barnes partnered with the World Surfing League to be the face of big wave riding. Barnes is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame. 

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Ben Bougeous

Ben was the first North Carolinian to successfully compete on the Associated Surfing Professionals World Tour. Bougeous has been inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame, Wrightsville Beach Waterman Hall of Fame and Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame. Bougeous is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame. 

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Jessie Hines

Jessie an Outer Banks ripper and child of the thruster revolution, Hines was a professional surfer and surf media star that traveled the world. However, missing home, Hines returned to the Outer Banks and married Whitney Everhart of Wrightsville Beach. Together they opened Surf N Spoon, an overnight success. Hines is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame. 

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Noah Snyder

Noah an Outer Banks professional surfer was sponsored by Hurley International. The story of his life was featured, in one of the most seen surf films of all time, Noah’s Ark. Snyder focused on building a fitness business, Momentum Fitness in order to promote fitness, health and surfing. Snyder is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame.   

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Lynn Shell

 

Lynn was the first North Carolinian to win the Men’s Longboard competition at the annual East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach. Shell would win the Mixed Longboard competition in 1981, and the Men’s Senior Division in 1991 and 1993. He created one of the earliest handmade surfboards under the label Ocean Craft, other label Outer Banks Boarding Company and another half dozen labels. Shell is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame. 

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Tripp Brice

 

Tripp Brice has been the professional manager of the Bridgetender Marina for almost forty years. Tripp bridged the old ways and the new ways in the fisheries of the world. A Captain on his own terms, often speaks with the same pride, affection and respect of his livelihood. Tripp is a founder of the Captain Eddy Haneman Sailfish Tournament, honors the late Captains legacy and brings together local anglers for a charitable cause. Tripp is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame. 

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Nikiki Morris Bascome

Surfers Healing was created for children with autism. The therapeutic ocean not only calms children, but together bonds the autism community parents, siblings, grandparents with similar struggles and experiences. Nicki has garnered near hero status, because of her exceptional talents, and endearing personality as Director of Surfers Healing. Bascome has the knack and a gift knowing how to keep the organization functioning, when and where to direct families and making everyone feel comfortable. Bascome is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame. 

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Jo Pickett

Pickett founded Crystal South Surf Camp in 1996. Pickett is a successful competition surfer, US National Short Board & Senior Champion, Eastern Surfing Associated Champion & Wrights Beach Surfing Hall of Fame. Pickett is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame. 

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Carole Busbey

Carole has created a one of a kind, super cool line of laid back clothing line. Melding surfing, art, music and lifestyle together, Carole makes her high quality clothing by hand. For almost fifty years, along with Carole husband Scott, they have thrived at Natural Art Surf Shop. Busbey is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame. 

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Toni Bryant

As legends go North Carolina's Toni Bryant became one of the most competitive female surfers on the East Coast winning the coveted Women’s Title at the 1973 ESA Eastern Surfing Championships in Cape Hatteras. By 1978 Bryant earned the right to a berth in the prestigious United States Surfing Championships setting the gold standard for local women’s surfing for decades. Women surfing professionals during the period earned less than 1/20th of what their male counterparts earned. Toni retired in 1980. The definition Gender Bryant retired by 1980. Today, female professional surfers, on the average, make between $250,000 and $400,000 in one year. Bryant is inducted into the North Carolina Surfing Hall of Fame. 

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