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San Clemente Journal

Three Locals make the Wall of Fame

May 23, 2017 12:11PM ● By Anne Batty

Johnny Campbell, Champion

The San Clemente Sports Wall of Fame 

This program, honors outstanding athletes in San Clemente, initially proposed by 2012 Mayor Jim Evert, it has been adopted by the Friends of San Clemente Foundation. Each year, members of our community are invited to nominate athletes who either grew up in San Clemente or lived in San Clemente during their careers. Honorees will have their names displayed on a poolside wall in tiles at the Aquatic Center in the Vista Hermosa Sports Park.
They were presented at the Foundation’s annual “Friendraiser” at the Aquatic Center at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park May 20th, 2017.

This year’s inductees are:
Bill Stewart, Johnny Campbell and Gabe Gardner.

The Master Shaper at work.


Bill Stewart
One of OC’s Top 25 Influential People
Voted Best Artist Surfing Magazine 1980s
Designer Longboard Fin Configuration 1984-85
Co-Creator Future Fin Systems
Creator 4-Man Surfboard - US Open Huntington Beach
Inventor Wing Nose-riding Fin
Famed for1981 Snowboard Design
Winner Billabong Shape Challenge - Night Stalker Surfboard
Designer 1st Surfboard Headlights/Plexi-glass Nose
Produced Board for Russian Statesman Mikhail Gorbachev 


Gabe Gardner


2008 Olympic Gold Medalist

2X Olympian (Athens ’04 Beijing ’08)

SCHS/Orange County Athlete of the Year 1995

USA Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team Participant-12 Countries

Member US Olympic Endowment Board

Representative US Olympic Committee Athlete Advisory Council



Johnny Campbell


Professional Off-Road Racer - Honda 1992

Winningest racer - SCORE Baja 1000

Winner Best in the Desert 2001

Rookie of the Year - Paris to Dakar Rally North Africa

Navigator for Elite Rally Car Racer Robby Gordon

Team Manager JCR/Honda Team 2008

Team Gold Medal Winner X Games

Star of Biopic Movie True Champion 2010