A brief history of
Corky Carroll’s Surf School
At the BBQ, my dad, Rick Walker, mentioned to Rick how he had tried surfing as a teenager. Rick suggested that my dad take the surfboard for a ride. My dad declined. Rick insisted, but my dad showed zero interest. Ready to show off my new skills, I voiced up. “ Come on dad, let’s go get one”
By Monday of the coming week he ordered a surfboard and was surfing every morning before work. It wasn’t long until he couldn’t help but notice that his hometown had no surf schools. San Clemente had surf programs, but no surf schools in Huntington Beach!
In October of 1995, at the Wind n Sea surf shop on Main St. Huntington Beach, Rick Walker approached Corky Carroll with the surf school concept, I don’t remember Corky’s exact words but his body language said it all. His arms stretched out wide and his smile seemed to stretch even wider. He obviously agreed to what my dad was proposing to him. I didn’t know it yet, but my world was about to change.
I hadn’t yet seen someone glide across the surface of the ocean like he did. He didn’t even miss a wave, I thought to myself “This is why the surf school is called, Corky Carroll’s and not Rick Walker’s, this guy makes it look easy.”
My parents Rick and Karen took a risk and adventured into a new career path. We were not a typical surfing family, we were just a family, working together. They chose to name the surf school Corky Carroll’s, not only for his professional surfing accomplishments but for being a Huntington Beach surfing icon. He is responsible for the fundamentals and techniques that we are still using today. His professional surfing accomplishments include; winning over 100 surfing competitions including 4 time national surfing champion and 5 time international champion.
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