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I've reformatted the chapter on the Duke Kahanamoku Surf Team for easier reading and printing off your home computer. Click on the image below to view:

Duke Team image courtesy of Fred Hemmings. Butch Van Artsdalen missing.

The Duke Surf Team got underway in 1965. The brainchild of Kimo McVay (Duke's manager), it consisted of some of the hottest surfers of the period -- surfers who have gone on to legendary status.

The Duke Surf Team can be considered Duke's last real involvement in surfing before his passing in 1968. Although he was active as an honorary figure at various contests and recognition ceremonies and maintained a presence at his club in Waikiki, one of Duke's last acts as a surfer was touring with his team and racking up continued fresh memories as "The Father of Modern Surfing." Certainly, all four members of the Duke Team -- Paul Strauch, Joey Cabell, Fred Hemmings and Butch Van Artsdalen -- grew to appreciate those twilight years of Duke's...

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