Legendary surfer Jack Haley taught him how to shoot the pier. In turn, he taught Corky Carroll to shoot the pier.
You might call it surfing's version of "pay it forward," but for Huntington Beach's Chuck Linnen, it was simply a way of life.
Linnen will be inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame at 10 a.m. Friday, when his handprints and footprints will be set in cement in front of Huntington Surf & Sport on the corner of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach.
Linnen is one of four inductees this year, joining George Downing, Taylor Knox and Simon Anderson, an honor Linnen said is a tribute to his predecessors, who were the forefathers of surfing.
Truth be told, Linnen, 75, is one of surfing's forefathers himself. He was among the first Californians to venture to Hawaii and surf Oahu's North Shore. He was a finalist in the 1961 world championships in Makaha on Oahu and competed in a variety of surfing contests all over the world at a time when the sport's culture was only just beginning.