Sharon Wolfe Cranston Announced As First Woman To Join The Board of Directors of The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame

Asbury Park, NJ, August 7, 2023 – The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that Florida’s Sharon Wolfe Cranston has accepted an appointment to the Board of Directors effective August 3, 2023. She is the first woman to join the prestigious Board since the organization’s founding by Cecil Lear and Greg Noll in 1996.

The eyes don’t lie. This former top East Coast competitor will no doubt bring it full-on to her duties as a newly elected HOF board Member, just like she did when she was one of the fiercest, most accomplished rippers back in her comp days. Somewhere Cecil Lear no doubt looks down smiling at yet another Eastern Surfing Association alumni giving back to both the organizations he helped found that includes both the ESA and the ECSHOF. Photo: Mez

Wolfe-Cranston is a four-time U.S. Women’s Surfing Champion, ESA Women’s Surfing Champion and a 2010 East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame Inductee. She is a Founding Member of Florida’s “Women of the Waves” and has served as a competition judge for numerous surfing events. Wolfe Cranston has had a long career in Cocoa Beach as a librarian, where she manages academic, artistic and cultural experiences extending from the local community to national and global audiences.

Sharon has the shred cred both on the street and in the water and will bring even more to a board already overflowing with bona fides. You can never have enough talent on the team to keep elevating the organization and it’s present and future members. Photo : Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

“I am excited to be joining the Board of the East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame and to having the opportunity to contribute to a better future for East Coast surfers,” commented Wolfe Cranston. “It is an honor to have a woman with the history, credentials and skills of Sharon Wolfe Cranston joining the Board, and I am confident that her contributions will have a positive and lasting impact,” remarked ECSHOF President Gary Germain.

A proven winner with a singlet on and off, Wolfe-Cranston’s skill set, positive influence and future impact on the ECSHOF is welcomed and highly anticipated going forward. Photo : Tom Dugan @tomduganphotos

Wolfe Cranston will work alongside Germain, a New Jersey Surfing Hall of Fame Inductee 2015, Greg Loehr, ECSHOF Inductee 2000, Bob Mignogna, ECSHOF 2008 and David Scibal, NJSHOF 2021. The Board is supported by an Advisory Council, which includes Pete Dooley, ECSHOF 2004, Natural Art Surfboards founder and pro tour judge; Sandy Ordille, ECSHOF 2016, who had a brilliant career in the sport’s early years on the Women’s World Tour; PT Townend, the world’s first Men’s Professional Surfing Champion; and Nancy Lear, co-founder Cecil Lear’s ( RIP ) daughter, amongst others who have made significant contributions to the sport and Surfing on the Right Coast.

Wolfe sinking the tail and about to bury the rail at the ESA Championships circa late 1980’s. Photo Kevin Welsh / SURF NRG

For a complete listing of all Board and Advisory Council Members along with bios, visit the “About” section on the official website,

About the ECSHOF.

Welcome aboard the board Mrs. Wolfe-Cranston ! Photo : Mez @mezapixels

The East Coast Surfing Hall of Fame is dedicated to the preservation of the history and heritage of East Coast Surfing by enshrining forever the people who have been responsible for surfing’s development and growth on the US East Coast. The ECSHOF was founded in 1996 by one of surfing’s truly great watermen, Greg Noll, along with East Coast legend, Cecil Lear. Every two years, the ECSHOF conducts a public candidate submission process, followed by a thorough nomination and selection process to determine the next ECSHOF Inductees.