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Paddling to Glory: The Randy Rarick Story

Randy Rarick

The Master Shaper

Randy Rarick is an iconic figure in the world of surfing. He was born on July 27, 1947 in Los Angeles, California. From a young   age, Rarick was drawn to the ocean and became an   accomplished surfer. In 1967 at just 20 years old, he won  the United States Surfing Championships. This launched his professional surfing career.

Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, Rarick competed on the world surfing circuit. He won several notable events including the Duke Kahanamoku Classic in Hawaii and the Peruvian International Surf Championships. His smooth style and innovation on the waves made him one of the most respected surfers of his era.

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Beyond competition, Rarick is also known for his work promoting the sport of surfing globally. In 1977, he founded the International Professional Surfers organization which worked to standardize rules, rankings, events, and prize money in the pro circuit. This was a pioneering development that helped surfing become more organized and respected as a professional sport.

In 1983, Rarick co-founded the Triple Crown of Surfing, a prestigious event held on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii every winter. It became one of the most important championships in surfing. Rarick's vision and leadership were crucial to making it a globally recognized competition.

Randy Rarick's legacy extends beyond surfing into work in film and environmentalism. He produced several iconic surf films in the 1970s. Rarick was also at the forefront of efforts to protect Hawaii's coastlines from overdevelopment, helping pass regulations to preserve surf breaks and coastal access.

For his many contributions spanning competition, media, event organizing, and conservation, Rarick has been inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach, California and the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame. More than half a century after his start, Randy Rarick continues to shape the surfing world.