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He faced racial segregation with a smile and spent his life sharing the true values of sports. Explore the life of Duke Kahanamoku in pictures.

For many, Duke is the ultimate surfing legend; the father of modern surfing. But he was also a prolific record-breaking swimmer, with multiple Olympic medals under his belt.

The ambassador of Aloha lived a colorful life in the days of black-and-white photography   …  Pictures

The best quotes by Duke Kahanamoku

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Who was Eddie Aikau? Clyde, Eddie’s brother, discusses the legendary big wave surfer, lifeguard and family man.

(Stoked News never had the good fortune to know or even meet Eddie face-to-face.  He was a great man in so many ways and a true hero of ours.  He achieved so very much in his life.  Unfortunately he left us at a young age while trying to save others. – LP)

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Iconic race driver, team owner and constructor Dan Gurney died Sunday at the age of 86. Gurney passed away due to complications from pneumonia.

“With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just before noon today, January 14, 2018,” Gurney’s wife Evi and family said in a statement. “In deepest sorrow, with gratitude in our hearts for the love and joy you have given us during your time on this earth, we say ‘Godspeed.’”

Born in New York but raised in Southern California, which remained his home for the rest of his life, Gurney was renowned as one of the fastest and most versatile drivers in the sport’s history.

The two driving feats for which he is best remembered – the 24 Hours of Le Mans victory that he shared with A.J. Foyt in 1967, followed by a win (a week later) at the Belgian Grand Prix in an Eagle Formula 1 car of his own construction  …  More

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Duke Kahanamoku is widely recognized as the father of modern surfing. He is the ultimate beach boy and, for many, the “Big Kahuna” is the most influential surfer of all time.

Not only he boosted surfing in his Hawaiian Islands, but he was also one of the first to promote wave riding in Australia and California.

Kahanamoku was a good man; a humble Hawaiian citizen proud of his origins, and always prompt to promote his homeland as a unique tourist destination. He is commonly referred as Hawaii’s favorite Ambassador of Aloha  …  More

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