Howard was commisioned to paint a portrait of the Duke to have donated to the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame. Peter Townend provided an unpublished photo of the Duke taken by Leroy Grannis only two months before his passing. The painting was used for the event poster for the HB Walk of Fame auction. The original painting was auctioned off for $4,000 at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, California. All proceeds were donated to the Walk of Fame.