Legendary life of Hawaii surfing athlete – Duke Kahanamoku
On June 14, 1925, in the water of Newport Beach, California, a shipwreck accident killed 17 fishermen on a ship carrying 29 people. They are lucky to be saved. In particular, separate Duke Kahanamoku has saved 8 fishermen. By using skis, Duke Kahanamoku is a surfing athlete. He moved very quickly from the shore to the rescue, so he picked up many people. At the same time, two other surfers saved 4 fishermen.
Sheriff Newport called Duke’s effort the most sublime surfing rescue in the world. Since then, many American lifeguards began using surfboards when doing their work.
When Captain James Cook found Hawaii in 1788, surfing was a widely developed sport here. Hawaiian people often organize surfing competitions and winners are always cheered and praised. In this sport, players stand on a long, narrow board, gliding over the waves.
Talking about surfing sport in Hawaii, it is impossible not to mention the name of the legendary Duke Kahanamoku – athletes, actors, sheriffs, water players and entrepreneurs.
Duke Paoa Kahinu is the champion of swimming, who has been instrumental in the widespread dissemination of Hawaii’s long-lasting surfing sport. He won five Olympic Medals for swimming
Duke Kahanamoku was born in Honolulu. His father was a policeman. His mother was a pious woman and deeply aware of ancestry and family. He has 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Duke grew up with siblings and 31 cousins. Duke attended Waikiki Grammar, Kaahumanu and Kamehameha schools, but did not graduate because he had to drop out of school to help his family in difficult times.
Joining the US Olympic swimming team at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm (Sweden), Duke Kahanamoku won a 100-meter freestyle gold medal, and a silver medal team with content. 200 meters of free relay. At the 1920 Olympics held in Antwerp (Belgium), he won a gold medal both 100 meters freestyle swimming and relaying swimming.
At the 1924 Olympics held in Paris, he won the 100 meter silver medal and his younger brother Samuel Kahanamoku won the Bronze Medal. At 34, this is Kahanamoku’s final Olympic medal. He was also a substitute for the American football team at the 1932 Summer Olympics.