The Wakeboarding Hall of Fame (WHF) recently announced its 2019 inductees. The 2019 Wakeboarding Hall of Fame Inductees are athletes, Thomas Horrell Josh Smith, Gregg Necrason and Leslie Kent, and photographer Josh Lechworth. Innovator acknowledgements for Bruno Rixen and Pat Panakos are also being named as the two foremost cable-industry innovators 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 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sep. 5, 2019. Later that evening at the WakeAwards, wakesports annual awards gala, a special presentation will honor the new inductees in ballroom W304. Past inductees include industry pioneers, innovators and contributors as well as outstanding athletes.
The 2019 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 class of inductees that will be bestowed the honor of becoming a Wakeboarding Hall of Fame member.
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, Parks Bonifay and Darin Shapiro just to name a few (view the complete list here).