Ryan Turner was inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame on July 29, 2016.
Ryan Turner is a great surfer, mentor, big wave charger and pillar of the Huntington Beach surfing community, running the Famous Sugar Shack Restaurant that his family has owned since the 60's!
With younger brother and acclaimed surf filmmaker Timmy, life from an early age was about the beach and surfing. Part of the Huntington Beach High School surf team, Ryan enjoyed a lot of junior surf contest success, but as he got older it was travel and surfing solid barrels which focused his surfing talent.
It doesn’t matter where you put Ryan, Mexico, Canada or Indonesia the chances are he will be the man notching up the most tube time. It is this reputation for tube riding which leads to yearly invitations to the Padang Padang Cup in Bali, among the most coveted barrel riding events in the world.
He proved in 2009 that he ranked among the world’s best tube riders, losing only in the semi-final to Jamie O’Brien, a future Pipeline Masters Champion, by less than two points. Considered the “best unknown surfer in the world" by Coach Andy Verdone, Ryan is one of the top 10 backside barrel riders in the world and has proven this point again and again with his many Indonesia surfing trips.
In Mainland Mexico, Ryan also finished 3rd at Puerto during another Barrel riding event scoring a perfect 10 along the way. Sponsored by Rusty as a teenager, Ryan captained the Huntington Beach High School surf team to the NSSA Team Title. Many times he would win heats for his team riding a shortboard, longboard and Boogie Board!
He traveled around the world in High School to Australia, Hawaii, Mexico and South Africa while competing for his team. Later as an adult, he chaperoned a trip to Jeffrey's Bay for the high school team team with a young Brett Simpson on the trip.
When he isn’t getting shacked in Mexico or Indo, Ryan is back in Huntington, surfing the pier, pulling shifts in the family restaurant and hanging with his wife and family. Any traveling surfer worth their salt has come in and swapped surf stories with Ryan...over a plate of eggs with a cup of coffee on Main Street, Surf City, USA!
2014 Surfers’ Hall Of Fame Inductees Honored In Huntington Beach
PRESS RELEASE – HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Friday, August 1, 2014 – Against the backdrop of Surf City’s 100 Years of Surfing celebration and the 20th Anniversary of the U.S. Open of Surfing, the Surfers’ Hall of Fame inducted Timmy Turner, the filmmaker and modern-day inspiration who overcame a virulent staph infection to return to the water and his craft, and Rusty Preisendorfer, one of the industry’s most prolific and forward-thinking shapers/entrepreneurs whose iconic R-dot boards are ridden by the world’s elite surfers. Last Friday, Carissa Moore, a two-time world and U.S. Open Champion was inducted in a special ceremony to avoid conflicting with her heat in the Friday, Aug. 1 surfing competition.
All three of the new inductees now have their foot and handprints immortalized in cement for the ages in front of Huntington Surf & Sport at the corner of PCH and Main Streets. “We are stoked and honored to be here this morning to honor Timmy and Rusty. This place becomes more special with every induction,” said Surfers’ Hall of Fame founder Aaron Pai. “Timmy, you’ve done so much for this town and there’s a lot of love for you in this crowd. Rusty, your impact has been like dropping a stone in a pond and watching the ripples expand worldwide.” Pai added, “Timmy, you got me addicted to surfing Indo (Indonesia) while Rusty, you got me addicted to surfing Tavarua (Fiji).”
Timmy Turner: Huntington Beach’s favorite son Timmy Turner is a living miracle. Captain of his high school surf team and busboy at his family’s restaurant, The Sugar Shack, a surf trip to Indonesia at age 17 became the catalyst for a burgeoning filmmaking career. Over the span of three years and numerous trips to an uninhabited Indonesian island, Timmy documented three surfers conquering epic waves on a dangerous reef, braving the elements and struggling to survive. “Second Thoughts” won Movie of the Year at the 2004 SURFER Poll and Video Awards, putting Turner on the map.
His next film, “The Tsunami Diaries,” which documented relief efforts in Indonesia, may have contributed to an aggressive staph infection that attacked Turner’s brain in December 2005. After six different brain surgeries, losing most of his skull and spending more than a month in the intensive-care unit of Hoag Memorial Hospital, Timmy survived but was forced to recalculate his life. His next film, “Cold Thoughts,” was a tribute to his journey: hospitalization, rehab, recovery and lifestyle changes to ward off future infections, including a ban on trips to tropical climates.
“I thank God for giving me the chance to be here,” said Turner, who is married and a father to five children. “When I went to Indo, my whole world changed. Making my movies was an awesome experience, but I love Huntington Beach and am so blessed to be here.”
August 04, 2014