Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku

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Presents the life of the Hawaiian five-time Olympic swimming champion from the early 1900s who is also considered worldwide as the father of modern surfing.

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Growing up in Honolulu with the Pacific Ocean as his backyard, Duke Kahanamoku learned to swim and surf at an early age. By his early twenties, Duke's lightning-fast swimming won him a place on the 1912 United States Olympic team and a gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle race. Over the years Duke struggled with racism and financial troubles, but by the end of his twenty-year Olympic career, he was a six-time medal winner. Although a swimming champion,Duke's passion was surfing. He traveled the world, introducing surfboarding to Australia and the east and west coasts of the United States. Considered the father of modern surfing, Duke spread his love of the ocean and Hawaii wherever he went. Throughout his life Duke Kahanamoku was beloved for his modesty, sportsmanship and amazing skill in the water. Today he remains a legendary waterman and an inspiration to all to live life with aloha.

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Surfer of the Century brings to life the determination, courage in adversity, and good sportsmanship of Duke Kahanamoku, one of the great surfers in history.(Nat Young, Four-time World Champion Surfer) An inspirational book about a great man. (Shaun Tomson, World Champion Surfer, 1977)

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