I have two boards in my garage with the "Rockin' Fig" logo on them, two boards purchased directly from Fig himself in his surf shop on Main Street years ago.
Those boards look different to me now, and it's not just the crusty old wax.
Now, it's just the idea that those boards came from a National Champion.
Rick "Rockin' Fig" Fignetti, a legend in Huntington Beach and all of the surfing world for that matter, finally won an elusive national championship when he claimed not one but two national titles at the NSSA National Championships the first week in July on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier.
Fignetti won the Explorer Super Seniors division (ages 45 and up) and also the Explorer Duke division (55 and up).
Fignetti was just 20 in 1978 at the first NSSA championships, and he reached the final heat before finishing fourth in his division. It took him almost 35 years since then to finally come out on top, but he did.