EAST COAST SURFING HALL OF FAME
The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame is an independent, non-profit educational institution created to honor and memorialize the pioneers, legends, champions and individuals who, through their passion and dedication, have made outstanding and significant contributions to the development and recognition of Surfing on the East Coast of the USA.
HALL OF FAMERS
Browse the legends, champions and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to East Coast Surfing and have been inducted into the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame.
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Every two years the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame inducts 10 new members plus the Cecil Lear President’s Award winner through a transparent public supported system. Every inductee represents the finest surfers, artists, media and industry legends the East Coast has to offer any given year.
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Read about the history of the organization, co-founded by Greg Noll (L) and Cecil Lear, how it evolved, and who is responsible for managing the Hall of Fame today.
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ESA Honors Co-Founder Cecil Lear
The many dried and browning leis draped across Mary Lou Lear’s dresser mirror attest to the incredible outpouring of East Coast love and respect given to her husband, Cecil Lear, co-founder of the ESA and ECSHOF, who recently passed away at a fulfilling age of 91 years.
Cecil Lear Paddle Out
5.21.2022 - Belmar, New Jersey…..a tight-knit, local seaside community, hardcore surf culture and history, extreme surf conditions, locals tight-lipped about the best breaks when its goin off, and home to some of the best pork roll, egg, and cheese sandwiches on earth. As a thick early morning veil of fog is melted off by the scorching sun, pale tourists walk towards the beach to stake their space in the sand.
Cecil Lear, 1930-2022
The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame is saddened to announce the passing of Cecil Lear at 91 years of age. Cecil most recently participated in the Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2022 into the Hall of Fame at Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, January [...]
Hall of Famers Honored
East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame co-founder and member of the Class of 1996 Cecil Lear and Mike Tabeling, also Class of 1996, were honored with induction into the Huntington Beach (CA) Surfers Walk of Fame in October 2021.