"The Un-official Mayor of HB"
In 2003 Big Bud Llamas,"otherwise known as the unoffical Mayor of HB", dropped his hands, feet and thoughts into wet concrete on the corner of main street Huntington Beach forever sealing his place into the Surfing Hall of Fame....
Bud Llamas is a true homegrown hero. Every surf town around the globe has one. The dude who inspires everyone who follows and always represents to the fullest. Bud was the first NSSA surfing champion and also won the Body Glove Grand Prix. His highest world ranking was number 20, although anybody who ever watched him surf during his prime will attest to the fact that he had higher skills than his rating showed. Not long ago I was paddling out on the north side of the pier during a large south swell. I saw this dude get completely barreled on the south side and all the way through the pier. I figured it must be one of the top pros here for an event or something. But low and behold as the dude pulled out right in front of me it was Bud. Big ol' smile and confident as ever. Somebody needs to tell the dude that as we get older we don't shoot the pier in the barrel on large waves anymore. Or not
By CORKY CARROLL
"Bud made up the nickname “Chuckillupo” when he was team manager for Black Flys. He hooked me up for many years and now owns a surf shop by my house. The HB surf scene wouldn’t be the same without him….and neither would my nickname hahaha." -Chucky Rigano
If you're ever in Huntington Beach check out Bud's shop - 17thstreetboardshop