Rockin Fig is a guy
serious about his surfing. In 2013 Fig gets his just "dues"
with his foot and handprints cemented into the Surfing Plaza
Surfers Hall of Fame. Awesome!
To this day, his shop, his
newspaper articles and his surfing reflect someone who's
passion shows in all that he does. Below is one of his
columns about surfing appearing in the Huntington Beach
When you visit the store on
Main Street, not far from Bob "The Greek" Bolen's Surfboard
Museum & Huntington Beach Realty on the same side of the
street, you see that surfers find ways to keep their passion
for surfing in their lives by building careers that allow
them to be near the surf and experience it first hand. Many
own their companies or build careers in businesses in the
surfing industry where like-minded souls go surfing and the
board room refers to the place at the office where the
surfboards are kept.
In Rockin Fig Surf
Headquarters, there's tons of surf gear for serious surfers.
Boards, wax, fins, suits and clothing items for the beach
fill the shop. The guy with a smile, the really nice dude
who likes to talk surfing will help you with your surfing
needs. Many days you can see him sitting outside the shop in
a chair where he can keep an eye on business but enjoy the
weather as well. Be sure to stop by and support a genuine HB
surfer on the sunny side of Surf City. Limited street coin
meter parking is located in front of the store but there's a
large parking garage across the
street with 30 minutes free parking.
WET AND WILD WITH ROCKIN FIG
Surf gets going down there
by RICK FIGNETTI
It's kinda nice to have a week with some sunshine for a
change, in this record setting year for rainfall. Seems like
everything is still drying out and getting back to normal,
although that ocean water still has a tinge of murkiness to
The local mountains got tons of snow from the last storm as
it stalled there -- eight feet in three days -- boosting the
base levels at Mountain High Resort up to an incredible 12
feet. Up at Big Bear, they picked up a few feet too, and the
skiing and boarding has been unbelievable with a packed
We picked a pretty decent west swell the first part of the
week on the West Coast and it was firin' with overhead sets
at our Surf City beaches.
Over in the land down under, it's summertime and the start
of the World Championship Tour at Snapper Rocks on the Gold
Coast. The waiting period started March 1 and goes 'till the
13th. The men's Quicksilver Pro and the women's Roxy Pro
will showcase the best surfers in the world trying to get a
jump in the ratings race.
In the men's competition, wildcard slots were given to
Aussie ripper Luke Munro -- who last year took out Mick
Fanning, one of the favorites in the contest -- while the
other wildcard, Ventura's Dane Reynolds, who's known for
boosting some big airs, upset world champ Andy Irons in the
U.S. at Trestles, so both are dangerous low seeds.
Of course, the top men's seeds are A.I., the Gold Coast's
Joel Parkinson and six-time world champ Kelly Slater.
In the women's competition, Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich will
be leading the charge, defending her world title this year
against Kauai's Rochelle Ballard and Australian Chelsea
Georgeson, the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds.
We'll keep ya posted on results.
At the big five-star World Qualifying Series event, the Hang
Loose Pro in Brazil, Santa Barbara's Bobby Martinez took
first place honors with one of the highest two-wave scores
ever for a World Qualifying Series final, 19.85 out of a
possible 20. Martinez is one of the U.S.'s most decorated
amateur surfers with lots of national titles under his belt.
He is No. 1 in series ratings and is trying to follow in the
footsteps of Huntington's Timmy Reyes and San Clemente's
Chris Ward, who made the big show and are in Oz with the
World Championship Tour for their rookie seasons.
Back at the Hang Loose Pro, Brazil's Dunga Neto was second,
while Americans Nathaniel Curran from Ventura and Laguna
Beach's Mikey Todd placed equal fifth. Not a bad start!
It looks like veteran surfer Pat O'Connell, 33, is retiring
after 15 years as a surfing pro. The Laguna Beach resident
finished as high as 10th in the World Championship Tour
standings one year, and had a shot at the world title, which
his buddy Slater won that year.
O'Connell is known for his surfing in the movie "Endless
Summer II," going around the world in search of perfect
waves. He'll still do some of the local World Qualifying
And a sad note, the original surfer girl, Sandra Dee -- who
played Gidget in the early surf movies -- passed away last
week. She was married to pop icon Bobby Darin, and was known
for bringing gals into the surf scene in the early '60s. See
another Gidget who made a guest
appearance in Huntington Beach.
That's it for now, see ya. Fig over and out.
RICK FIGNETTI is an nine-time
West Coast champion, has announced the U.S. Open of Surfing
the last 11 years and has been the KROQ-FM surfologist for
the last 18 years, doing morning surf reports. He owns a
surf shop on Main Street in
downtown Huntington Beach called Rockin Fig Surf. You
can reach him at (714) 536-1058.