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
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
Muhammad Ali, the brash, fleet-footed heavyweight boxing champion whose charisma transcended sports and made him a global symbol of social change, has died, according to a statement released by his family. He was 74.
Ali was hospitalized in the Phoenix area with respiratory problems earlier this week, the Associated Press reported. He suffered from … More
One of the pioneers of modern surfing, Albert “Rabbit” Kekai, died today at Leahi Hospital, according to Hawaii News Now. He was 95 years old.
In the ’30s and ’40s, Kekai was considered one of the best high performance surfers. The Hawaiian surfer learned from the famous Duke Kahanamoku, who is widely credited with popularizing the sport of surfing in the ’30s and ’40s.
Kekai won the Makaha International in 1955, which at the time was considered the unofficial world championships … More
Starting in the 1920s surfers mesmerized the crowds at Waikiki with their skills. Soon, these “beach boys” were giving lessons to visiting mainlanders. The most famous beach boy, Duke Kahanamoku, was medal winning Olympic swimmer. Back home, he mentored a crew of Beach Boys, who helped to spread the word about surfing. We talked to one of his last Beach Boys — Rabbit Kekai. Hes 85, but he’s at the beach every day by 9:00 AM, still doing what he loves, teaching people to surf and how to have fun in the water.
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