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San Diego surfing legends inducted into Walk of Fame

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It was a big day for three local surfing legends. The group was honored with induction into the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach.

It's what they have accomplished out in the ocean that's earned them a solid spot on the ground. It may not be Hollywood's Walk of Fame, but for them it's the next best thing.

Three San Diego surfing legends -- Rob Machado, Skip Frye and Debbie Beacham -- along the likes of Dick Dale and the famous Gidget, were among those forever memorialized in stone on Huntington Beach's Surfing Walk of Fame.

"To be nominated and get one of these stones in the Walk of Fame, I'm speechless," Frye said.

Frye is considered the pioneer of surfing. He'll turn 70 next month. It's fair to say he's discovered the key to longevity.

"I always said Ponce de Leon sailed around the world trying to find the Fountain of Youth when all he had to do was jump over the side," he said.

Machado is widely considered one of the best surfers ever, and is quick to credit Frye for his success.

"Could't ask for a better guy to be up here with, huge inspiration for me," he said.

La Jolla's own Debbie Beacham was honored as woman of the year. The walk honors 18 years of surfers who have made significant contributions to the sport that's synonymous with Southern California.

"Stay wet, stay healthy, stay active," Frye said.

The three honorees are all local beach residents. Beacham lives in La Jolla, Frye grew up in Pacific Beach and Machado in Cardiff.

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