Imagine if, around the same time as the Oscars, another theater across the street hosted a similarly named ceremony — the Oswalds, say — that honored most of the same movies and people.
Such has been the case for years in Huntington Beach, where a pair of complementary displays honor the legends of the surfing world. On the south side of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway, the Surfers' Hall of Fame features Grauman's Chinese-style concrete panels with names and handprints etched into them; a few yards north, the Surfing Walk of Fame sports honorees' names on Hollywood Boulevard-style squares.
Now, 36 of those heralded athletes are getting recognized for a third time. The International Surfing Museum, which recently reopened after an extensive renovation, is hosting "Famers," an exhibit spotlighting the inductees whose names appear on both sides of the street.
"The city of Huntington Beach has all these assets, you know, these surf assets that all operate independently like the Surfing Walk of Fame and the Surfers' Hall of Fame and the museum, and I thought it was time to do a collaboration with all the assets and turn them into one," said surfer Peter "PT" Townend, who co-curated the exhibit.