The Surfer’s Path US editor, Drew Kampion, was one of six people inducted to the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California, on Thursday, July 24th. He is the first journalist to be so honored.
Surfer, writer, editor, and photographer, Kampion’s distinguished body of work includes editing Surfer magazine during the key years of change from 1968 to 1971 as well as serving as editor-at-large to Surfing magazine throughout the 1970s and into the early ’80s. He has been running TSP’s US editorial operations since 2004.
Drew has written extensively for major surf mags as well as publications outside of surfing. He has become one of the most well-known authors in the world on the subject of surfing and waves. He is the author of The Book of Waves, Stoked! A History of Surf Culture, The Way of the Surfer, The Lost Coast, and other books. He was editor and co-author of The Stormrider Guide: North America.
Kampion was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1944 and began surfing at Malibu in 1962. After graduating from California State University at Northridge with a degree in English in 1966, he began his career with a brief stint at The Wall Street Journal before letting his passion for surfing take over. Now 64 and still catching waves, Kampion has lived on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest for the past 17 years with his wife, Susan, and two children, Alex and Alana.
Kampion shared the honors at this year’s ceremonies with fellow inductees Wayne Lynch, Andy Irons, Lynn Boyer, Rich Chew, and the late Buzzy Trent. “I feel very honored to be named with this group,” Kampion said, adding, “I feel very honored to be able to tell the stories of surfers and surfing.”
Each year the Walk of Fame selection committee compiles a comprehensive ballot of qualified candidates with the help of cooperating surf associations, museums, magazines, and other media organizations. The ballot is broken down into five categories of achievement, which are then distributed to an international panel of more than 200 surfing authorities, who cast their votes to decide which candidates will receive the coveted 2’ x 2’ stones on the sidewalk in front of Jack’s Surf Shop, directly across Pacific Coast Highway from the famous Huntington Beach pier.
Inductees are nominated based on their achievements within the surfing community at least ten years prior to the induction ceremony, with the exception of ‘Surf Pioneers’, who are nominated based in part on having reached the age of 50 years or are deceased.