Robert and Blackie August to be inducted into the Seal Beach Surfing Hall of Fame

Seal Beach has played a huge role in surf culture and in the sport of surfing locally as well as worldwide for decades. In an effort to honor and preserve the achievements of influential figures in the Seal Beach surf community, the Seal Beach Boardriders Club created the Seal Beach Surfing Hall of Fame.

This weekend marks the 2nd annual Seal Beach Surfing Hall of Fame induction in which Robert and his father Blackie will be honored alongside Nancy Katin, Rich Chew, and Kurt Augsburger.

In the 40’s and 50’s Blackie was one of the top surfers on the coast and introduced surfing into Roberts life at a young age. Blackie and the rest of the August family lived in a house on the sand in Seal Beach that became known as “The Sphinx House” because of a sphinx statue placed on the roof. The house became a headquarters for many of the hottest surfers of that time cementing Seal Beach as a surfing hotspot during that time.

The exposure to surf icons and culture was not lost on Robert and he took to surfing quickly, honing his skills at his home break in front of “The Sphinx House”. He went on to leave his impact on Seal Beach as well as the rest of the surfing world as a star of Bruce Brown’s “Endless Summer”.

The August family is honored to be included in this highly respected group of surfers.

The event will take place Friday, April 27 from 6pm-12am at the Golden Sails Crystal Ballroom. Come by for dinner, dancing and good times. Tickets available at the door or online at the link:

https://squareup.com/store/seal-beach-boardriders-club


2 Responses

Karrol Baker
Karrol Baker

April 26, 2018

Oh! This is wonderful, I wish I had known earlier. Uncle Blackie and Aunt Patty were so loved by us Baker kids, and memories of them and family gatherings at the Sphinx house are treasured.
We’re so proud to know this is happening and send our love to Robert on this happy occasion.
Karrol Baker, cousin and fan!

Henrietta Huebschman
Henrietta Huebschman

April 26, 2018

Congratulations…RA!! What a honor!

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