DUKE PAOA KAHANAMOKU
This LEGENDARY SURFERS chapter on “the Father of Modern Surfing,” Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, has been one of my most-popular over the course of the past 10 years. It contains all of Duke's life relative and specific to surfing, in addition to his other contributions. To my knowledge, there is no other source available - either in print or on the Net - that contains as much detailed information about Duke's life as a surfer.
“Duke Paoa Kahanamoku” was updated and expanded in 1999 and 2005, to replace a previous version that contained some factual errors. Please note that information about Duke's longest ride, the boards he rode, his surfing in Australia, and his surfing on the East Coast of the USA have all been corrected in this version. Many other sources on Duke - both published and on the Net - have this information in error.
Word count: 31,007; total pages: 64 (1.46 MB), including images and 8 pages of footnotes.
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Contents of What You Will Receive:
Descendant of the Ali`i
Under the Hau Tree
Bigger Boards for Bigger Surf
"Riding the Surfboard," Mid-Pacific magazine, February 1911
Freestyle Records Broken, August 11, 1911
The Kahanamoku Kick Overseas, 1912
The 1912 Olympics,
1st Surfing on the East Coast, 1912
More Than A Beach Boy
Duke Surfs Freshwater, December 24, 1914
Duke As Catalyst To Australian Surfing
World War I
Duke & Dad's Half Mile Ride of 1917
Olympic Gold and Silver, 1920
The Father of Modern Surfing
Duke's 16-foot olo design
New Sheriff in Town
Nadine (Nadjesda) Alexander Kahanamoku (1905-1997)
World War II and After
Physical & Financial Health, 1955-61
Twilight Years, 1962-68
Duke Kahanamoku Surf Team
The Passing, January 22, 1968
Duke Swims Away
"Out of the water I am nothing" - Duke
"Duke attained his greatest surfing satisfactions and some of his greatest achievements as a rider after his 40th year." - Tom Blake
"Why not honor a living monument?" - Arthur Godfrey
"My boys and I, we showed 'em how to go surfing." - Duke, speaking about the Mainland Surfari of the Duke Surf Team
"Duke was Duke. His values came from the sea. He walked through a Western world, but he was always essentially Hawaiian. And because of the simplicity and purity of that value system, money was never that important to him." - Kenneth Brown
"Duke was not in the business of being a beachboy. But in the larger sense of the word - of a man who lived and loved the ocean lifestyle - Duke was, as far as I'm concerned, the ultimate beachboy." - Fred Hemmings
"He had an inner tranquillity. It was as if he knew something we didn't know. He had a tremendous amount of simple integrity. Unassailable in integrity. You rarely meet people who don't have some persona they assume to cope with things. But Duke was completely transparent. No phoniness. People could say to you that Duke was simple - the bugga must be dumb! No way. That's an easy way of explaining that. Duke was totally without guile. He knew a lot of things. He just knew 'em." - Kenneth Brown
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