Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Duke Kahanamoku Rhythm

Blackbyrds - Walking In Rhythm by Miscelaneous - Various Artists on Grooveshark    A L O H A -
           Means: Loving Welcome
" I have never 
seen snow 
and do not know 
what winter means. "
                     Duke Kahanamoku
(Kah - hahnah - moe - koo)

[ In 1917, Duke rode a monster wave 
1-1/8 miles at Waikiki on a wooden 
surfboard without a skeg or leash–
one of Surfing's longest rides. ]

" The snow goose 
need not bathe 
to make itself white. 
Neither need you 
do anything 
but be yourself. "
            Lao Tzu

Fly Birdie Fly!  Way Up in the Sky!

" Where liberty is, 
there is my country. "
                      Benjamin Franklin


Linking to

Thank You
for Surfing By!
               Fondly, cloudia

Some AMAZING Facts About
D U K E   K A H A N A M O K U:

1911 Broke 3 freestyle world records in Hawaii’s first ever AAU swim meet, and Duke’s first races, in Honolulu Harbor

1912 Stockholm Olympics –swimming for the USA, he won Hawaii’s first Olympic gold medal for 100-meter freestyle, and a silver medal for the 4×200-meter freestyle relay

1912 Popularized surfing on the USA Atlantic Coast

1914-1915 Won the Australian National Swimming Championship and popularized surfing in Australia

1915 Re-introduced surfing to New Zealand

1913-1929 Helped popularize swimming and surfing in California

1918 Swam in exhibitions in about 30 US and Canadian cities to boost morale and raise money for Liberty Bonds for the US military in World War 1. Boosted swimming’s popularity and reinforced Hawai’i’s supremacy in water sports

1912-1922 Won countless races, set an unaccountable number of records amassing a trove of medals and trophies as the reigning world champion

1920 Recommended surfing as an Olympic event

1920 At Antwerp Olympics won two gold medals in 100-meter freestyle and 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He was 8 years older but his new world record was faster than his 1912 victory

1924 Paris Olympics; silver medal in 100-meter freestyle race won by “Tarzan” Johnny Weissmuller. Brother Sam won the bronze

1922-1929 Helped make Southern California a water sports mecca while living in Los Angeles and as a member of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Worked for movie studios, playing minor roles in about 30 silent movies.

1925 Heroic surfboard rescue of 8 drowning fishermen at Corona del Mar, California

And Much MUCH More!


eileeninmd said...

Aloha, Cloudia! I love the birds and images. Wonderful choices of quotes..wonderful facts about Duke, he sounds amazing..Have a happy day!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Gosh that's quite a history Cloudia.. Imagine surfing those monster waves on a wooden surfboard!

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Duke Kahanamoku led an interesting life, with many athletic achievements. He is definitely an authentic hero. Thank you for telling his story, Cloudia. Have a smooth, happy day!

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like an amazing fellow. I don't believe I've heard of him.

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful dove or pigeon!

Teresa said...

Love the way you combined a surfing duke and Wild Bird Wednesday, although I think the Duke was more aquatic than aerial! Really interesting post!

Cloudia said...

Glad you folks accepted, er enjoyed today's mash-up! :-)

Thanks, my Friends <3

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

What a guy!

P.S. Cloudia, I've used that 'reopen closed tab' option dozens of times since you mentioned it. I use lots of tabs, and often accidentally hit the 'X'...

William Kendall said...

Sounds like Duke led quite a life!

Karen S. said...

I love your little clues to play with. What an interesting man, thanks for sharing all this new info for me. Your photos always delight this grey world of mine. Silly sky around here anyway.

Margaret Adamson said...

Love the Dove image

Tahiti Daily Photo said...

I like the fisrt quote, so maohi !

RedPat said...

Duke was quite a guy!

EG CameraGirl said...

Pretty dove in the third photo.Is it some kind of dove?

Yvonne Osborne said...

Nice pictures to look at in snowy Michigan. Love the Benjamin Franklin quote too.

Elephant's Child said...

It has finally let me play. Hugs.

Small Kucing said...

Agree with Lao Tzu

Kay said...

The Duke was amazing!

I love the quote about the snow goose too.

Brian Miller said...

the needing nothing to make yourself white....i like that one...there is a deep truth in it....

aloha from va

Su-sieee! Mac said...

The Duke was a handsome man. A few years ago, I finally visited the Santa Cruz Museum and learned a bit about how he introduced surfing in the Santa Cruz area.