Thursday, July 2, 2009

DUKE KAHANAMOKU "Father of Modern Surfing"

Considered the father of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku (1890-1968) developed the skills that would gain him international fame as an Olympic champion, swimmer, and surfer.
Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku was born into an old Hawaiian family and was one of the last full-blooded Hawaiians. His grandfather was a Hawaiian high chief. As the eldest of six sons, he was named Duke after his father, who had been born during a visit by the Duke of Edinburgh and had been named in his honor. Kahanamoku was raised in the Royal Palace, although his father was a policeman.
Kahanamoku's father and uncle taught him how to swim when he was a small boy in the traditional Hawaiian way---by throwing him over the side of an outrigger canoe into the surf. He learned quickly and was fearless in the water. Growing up, Kahanamoku spent all his free time on the beach. As noted in Great Athletes, "he could swim as easily as walk." In his teens, he dropped out of high school to swim, surf, canoe, shape surfboards, and live on the beach.


  1. Nice tribute to Duke. He is omeone I really wish I had met. aloha,
    albert grande

  2. Hi Kiko,

    Thank you for your greeting on Twitter.

    Trying to get a message to you.
    I tried sending a friend request to you on MySpace from but can't send a friend request or message there without your last name or your email address.

    Why not put a "contact me" here on your blog?

    My email contact is on my blog.