Duke Kahanamoku Biography
Duke Kahanamoku quotes
Duke Kahanamoku was born 24 August 1890 in Hawaii. He was a competitive swimmer who paved the way forward in terms of surfing and life-saving.
He was years ahead of his time by making surfing a viable sport and being an excellent swimmer meant that he competed at the Olympics winning him medals for his country.
He travelled extensively around the world giving talks about his beloved sport ,surfing, and during this time he tried his hand at acting in Hollywood, became an excellent businessman, a beach volleyball player and became a law enforcement officer.
He died in 1968 of a heart attack and as a fitting tribute, they scattered his ashes out to sea. Here are a few of his most memorable quotes that he said during his lifetime.
11 Outstanding Duke Kahanamoku Quotes
#1 ~Don’t talk – keep it in your heart
#2 ~ I always eat whatever I feel like eating. I eat fruit, vegetables, steak – anything. I eat pie and ice cream if I want it. I eat fish. Sometimes I eat fish raw, in our ancient way
#2 ~ I have no doubt the ancient Hawaiians used every stroke we know and perhaps had better swimming form than we’ll ever have
#3 ~ I like the feel of the fresh air and the salt water. I believe in keeping active
Duke Kahanamoku Surfing 1939
#4 ~ I think we have to teach a lot of these kids to first be gentlemen. Try to help one another and not hog the doggone waves
#5 ~ It was in 1925 when I accidentally introduced another kind of surfing [lifesaving] to California. Good sometimes comes from the worst of tragedies. Boards became standard equipment on the emergency rescue trucks as well as at the towers.
— Duke Kahanamoku (@dukestatue) August 23, 2014
#6 ~ Just take your time – wave comes. Let the other guys go, catch another one
#7 ~ Our water is so full of life; it’s the fastest water in the world. That’s all there is to it
#8 ~ When I wasn’t at school, I was in the surf
#9 ~ I have never seen snow and I don’t know what winter is
#10 ~ Out of water I am nothing
#11 ~ In Hawaii, we greet friends loved ones and strangers with aloha which means love. Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality which makes Hawaii renowned as the world Center of understanding and fellowship.