Story: Lifesaving and surfing

Duke Kahanamoku (1st of 2)

Duke Kahanamoku

Popular among Māori until the arrival of European missionaries, surfing underwent a revival after the visit of champion Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku in 1915.

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Lifesaving and surfing - The rise of surfing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 12 Jun 2006