The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 inductees: Parks Bonifay, Randall Harris, and Cobe Mikacich; Sarah Cline, innovative filmmaker Ronn Seidenglanz, and Lifetime Achievement acknowledgements for Bill Porter and Chuck Morrow, two leading industry retailers and lifelong sport promoters.
The induction ceremony will be held at Surf Expo, wake sports’ leading trade show, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6.
Past inductees include industry pioneers, innovators and contributors as well as outstanding athletes.
The 2018 induction class includes some of the sport’s most influential and notable visionaries from wakeboarding’s earliest years before it was accepted as the popular action sport it is today.
Each year the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame fields nominations and through a panel of veteran industry insiders confirms the prestigious class of inductees that will be bestowed the eternal honor of becoming a Wakeboarding Hall of Fame member.
Several inductees, including Tara Hamilton were not able to attend the 2017 ceremony due to Hurricane Irma. At the 2018 ceremony they will be honored in a special presentation before the 2018 class of inductees.
The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame will permanently enshrine these new members into its hallowed halls with well-known current members such as Scott Byerly, Herb O’Brien, Shaun Murray, Tony Finn, and Darin Shapiro.
The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame was established in 2014 by industry visionaries that saw a need for honoring and preserving the history wake sports.
In 2017, the Wakeboarding Hall of Fame received IRS non-profit 501(c)3 status as an educational institution with a tax-deductible designation. Donations are encouraged.
The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame is managed by a board of directors that currently includes wakeboarding veterans Mike Weddington, Shannon Best, Jeff Barton, Maeghan Major-Gale, Shaun Moore, Tommy Phillips, Jim Emmons, Jason Buffalo, Chris Hawkins, Joe Pearson, Rich Goforth, and Steven Fisher.