Judging from the tributes made by fellow surfers at his induction Thursday, Rick Fignetti has been a local hero for quite some time.
Now, though, it's written in stone — literally.
Fignetti, a 10-time West Coast Surfing Champion and owner of the Rockin' Fig Surf Headquarters shop on Main Street, was inducted as this year's Local Hero on the Surfing Walk of Fame outside Jack's Surfboards.
During the Walk of Fame's 17th annual ceremony, Fignetti joined six other inductees in receiving a shiny stone tablet with his name on it installed on the sidewalk by Main and Pacific Coast Highway. The Local Hero award goes to a surfer who has resided in Huntington Beach for at least 10 years, graduated from the Huntington Beach Union High School District, been a finalist in the Walk of Fame's Surf Champion category, contributed to the city's surfing culture and been a "surfing pioneer" in Huntington or a champion at the Huntington Beach City Championships.