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Hermosa's Tiger Makin to be inducted into Walk of Fame


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Surfer’s Walk of Fame to induct Tiger Makin

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 April, 2010 : - - Tiger Makin, a longtime Hermosa Beach resident and one of surfing’s best, will be inducted into the city’s Surfer’s Walk of Fame next week. Makin was chosen by a panel of seven to be the lone inductee at the city’s annual event April 17, where his name will be embedded in the pier on a plaque that joins him with the other elite members.

“It’s a nice honor. I’m really stoked,” said Makin, who now lives in Makawao on Maui. “I really appreciate it. I really do.” Makin grew up near Eighth Street and Longfellow, and his life was centered on surfing Hermosa Beach from 1955 through 1975. The self-proclaimed “beach kid” quickly made a name for himself as one of the sport’s best. 

Makin is well-known for winning the first professional surfing contest in Malibu in 1968. He won $200 in prize money and had to track down the publisher of the contest’s sponsor, Surfer magazine, to get paid. Makin also competed several times in the U.S. Championships at Huntington Beach and the Laguna Masters.

Makin is also well-known for being among three other South Bay surfers to compete in the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational in Oahu. Makin surfed in it between 1965 and 1984. He was a member of the Bay Cities Surf Club in the 1960s and surfed on teams Bing, Petrillo, Jacobs and Rick Surfboards, too.

Most recently, he competed in the 2003 Quicksilver masters World Championships in Oahu and placed fifth in the Local Hawaii Grand Masters Division. Makin, 58, said he still surfs a little, but not as much because “the knees are going and the hips are going” but he still goes out once in a while
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