Bruce Walker

Bruce Walker
Joining the ESA as a young grommet in 1969, Bruce Walker was perhaps one of the fiercest competitors the ESA ever produced. He made Pete Rose look like a sissy and inspired fear, awe and dismay in three different ESA divisions. He has been a member of the ESA-All Stars and won the USSF Iron Man award in 1991. But it was a coach of the ESA All Star Team and The U.S. Surfing Federation National Team that he compiled a record that would embarrass Phil Jackson. As All Star coach he helped inspire and produce the best Eastern surfers of the 80's including Kelly Slater, Greg Loehr, Matt Kechele and in the 90's he worked with Ben Bourgoise, C.J. and Damien Hobgood and the Lopez brothers. As U.S. Team Coach his teams won the 1986 Caribbean Cup, the 1986 Pacific Cup, the 1993 and 1995 Pan American Championships, and two of the Big Ones, the 1986 World Amateur Surfing Championships and, sweetest of all, the dark horse win at the 1996 World Games of Surfing. An brilliant competitive tactician, Bruce demanded excellence from his teams and achieved it through a combination of attention to detail and dedication to team efforts. Bruce Walker was recognized in 1997.