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Legendary life of Hawaii surfing athlete – Duke Kahanamoku (part 2)

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.

The champion of swim and surf

Growing up on the outskirts of Waikiki, Kahanamoku lived the childhood years on the beach. The boy loves surfing and swimming. During his youth, Kahanamoku preferred traditional surfing. He has a surfboard made of wood (a precious wood), 16 feet long (4.9 m) and weighs 114 pounds (52 kg). Later, sometimes he used smaller surfboards but all made of wood.

On August 11, 1911, Kahanamoku set a record of 55.4 seconds of surfing 100 yards (91 m), surpassing the world record at 4.6 seconds, during a Honolulu port competition. He also broke the record at 220 yd (200 m).

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.

The surfboard Kahanamoku made from pine is still staying at the Freshwater Beach surfing club. A statue of Kahanamoku is located at the northern tip of Freshwater Beach in New South Wales. He also made surfing popular in the United States for the first time in 1912 starting in Southern California.

During their stay in Southern California, Kahanamoku has participated in several films. In this way, he connected with people who could continue to promote surfing.

Attractive beach surfing sport

Attractive beach surfing sport

For a long time, the familiar surf spots are concentrated in the United States, on the island of Hawaii or in Australia around the world’s largest coral barrier, in South Africa around the Cape of Good Hope, familiar Asia is the country. 17 thousand islands of Indonesia …

The capital comes from the fun of American Aboriginal people and because of the pure beauty, nature, adventure, conquest, and sport that has made it a popular game in the world.

Researchers and especially in his story, writer Jack London (USA) has called surfing the king of natural pleasures on earth. In 1908, the world began its first surfing club, the Canoe Outrage club of Waikiki (USA).

In 1912, at the Stockholm Olympics (Sweden), Duke Kahanamoku swimmer attracted thousands of Australian audiences, opening for surfing in Australia’s frantic shores later. The board is handcrafted, weighs about 29.5 kg and is trimmed from wood, vanilla water fillings. People stand up straight on the shore, relax their muscles, then jump to the top of the plank or lift their hind legs to drag the board to follow the approaching waves.

From 1920-1929, the game moved from Waikiki surfing capital to California (USA) and Australia to Africa with an estimated number of 2,500 people. In the summer of 1928, at the Corona Del Mar (Newport) Pacific Surfing Championship, everyone was stunned by Wisconsin Blake and Tom Blake, with a cigar-shaped hollow board 4.5kg smaller than the standard. Comfortable acrobatics in the air and on the waves. The hollow veneer was popular in the early 1930s.

In 1964, surfing associations in countries held the first world surfing competition in Sydney (Australia). In 1970, outside Hawaii, people moved to Indonesia, a 1,700 island country with beautiful waves, and made it the world’s top surfing place.

In 1981, surfboard improved from shortboard to field. Brazil became the leading country in high surfing and made it spread to Mozambique, New Guinea, SriLanka, Pakistan, Oman, Antarctica, Russia …

There are currently more than 1,000 surfing schools across the planet and 5 million surfers and the 2007 figure is 7.5 million. The annual entertainment industry has earned $ 4.5 billion for racing countries.

Accompanied by magazines, books, television, surf museums in turn. Surfing has been a healthy, sexy, advanced, affordable, surfing body and mind completely released.

Surfing on the world’s largest waves

The “terrible” wave in a village of Nazare, Portugal always attracted professional surfers to conquer.

Starting on December 11 every year, professional surfing will officially take place in the village of Praia do Norte, Nazare, Portugal. This is the place of giant waves in the world. This small fishing village will welcome the first big waves with a height of up to 12.5m.

The surfing “crisis” of professional athletes

These special waves were created largely because the sea area of ​​Praia do Norte is located in the largest Nazare Canyon in Europe. These canyons are 200km long and 800m deep at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.

Surfing in Praia do Norte, Nazare, Portugal always attracts many participants. American surfer Garrett McNamara was the one who used to set the world record for successful surfing on waves as high as 30 meters.

In addition, it is located at the westernmost point of Europe, making the winds blowing from the sea unimpeded and facilitating the creation of great waves.

The previous Guinness record

Reportedly, on January 1, 2013, American surfer Garrett McNamara set a world record for successful surfing on waves as high as 30 meters.

However, Rodrigo Koxa, having Portuguese nationality, proved that human capacity is limitless. Recently, this adventurous surfer has successfully conquered a “monster” wave of up to 24 meters high, equal to a 10-story building in Nazare Beach, Portugal

SURFING ON THE WORLD'S LARGEST WAVES

Koxa said when the Guinness organization confirmed the record: “It was the best day of my life.” The previous record was established by Garett McNamara in 2011 when he conquered the 23.77-meter high wave.

In conclusions

Surfing is a much-loved adventure sport, especially in European and American countries. Surfers must wait for the waves to approach and use the control technology to surf the waves.