The U.S. Open of Surfing is heading into its final weekend at the Huntington Beach Pier.
In the thick of it all is Ian "Kanga" Cairns, who many will tell you, was a key figure in bringing the famed contest to where it stands today.
At 10 a.m. today, Cairns will be standing outside of Huntington Surf & Sport — actually, he'll also be on all fours, making a lasting impression — at the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. It's there where the 58-year-old, a Laguna Beach resident since 1991, will be etched into surfing history when he joins the prestigious Surfers' Hall of Fame.
Cairns, originally from Perth, Western Australia, is part of a three-member class of inductees joining the Surfers' Hall of Fame that includes fellow Aussie and three-time Women's world champion, Stephanie Gilmore, and Huntington Beach native Randy Lewis, a renowned surfer and board shaper.