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‘My father and my uncle just threw me into the water from an outrigger canoe, I had to swim or else.’ Duke Kahanmoku
I love surfing and the ocean, the thrill of it and the peace it offers me. Duke Kahanamoku is known as the father of modern surfing. He was also a swimmer who won multiple Olympic medals and broke swimming records. He is remembered as a kind, quiet and peaceful man, who was always ready to help others in or out of the water, born on the 24th of August 1890 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Duke did what he loved most, being in the water and the rest of what he did, was simply for that purpose. Coming from a humble background he worked to pay his bills; he sold newspapers, transported ice, shone shoes and was a mechanic so that he could spend his free time in the water. In the end it paid off becoming an Olympic swimmer, winning 5 medals and forever leaving his name boldly etched in surfing and swimming history.