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written by: Ellie Crowe illustrated by: Richard Waldrep

Surfer of the Century

Learning to Swim When Duke was four years old, he learned to swim in the old Hawaiian way. His father and uncle took him in an outrigger canoe, tied a rope around his waist and tossed him into the ocean. Wiggling like a little tadpole, Duke made his way back to the canoe.

Out of the water, I am nothing. Duke Kahanamoku

Crowe, E., & Waldrep, R. (2007). Surfer of the century: The life of Duke Kahanamoku. New York: Lee & Low Books.

My daughter Nina surfing.

Sportsmanship

Gifted Swimmer

Aloaha

Listen to Duke

Just like Duke almost missed his Olympic meet I almost missed a final exam in college. It was a horrible feeling!

Push the guitar for some surf music.

Surfer of a Century is the inspiring biography of the Olympic swimmer and pioneer of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku. In spite of his amazing swimming skills, Duke faced prejudice because of his darker Hawaiian American complexion. It didn't stop Duke from becoming a championship swimmer and spreading surfing around the world.

Duke's Creed of Aloha In Hawai'i we greet friends, loved ones and strangers with Aloha, which means with love. Aloha is the key word to the universal spirit of real hospitality, which makes Hawai'i renowned as the world's center of understanding and fellowship. Try meeting or leaving people with Aloha. You'll be suprised by their reaction. I believe it and it is my creed. Aloha to you.

I like to run just as Duke liked to swim. I understand the escape from life.

Our family loves the beach. We swim, surf, and snorkel. We appreciate the beauty of the ocean.

Amy Pardo

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