It is remarkable that this beautiful early 1960s Duke Kahanamoku surfboard has survived for 50+ years and remains in such excellent condition. The fiberglass has very few blemishes, the foam is bright and clear, the logo vibrant and the nose and tail block un-damaged. Accentuating its great lines is a 1.5 inch solid redwood stringer running down its center and a black D shaped fin at it's tail.
In the early 1960s Duke had his own surf team (hand picked by him) It is no exaggeration to say that every surfer of the day would have wanted to be a Duke Team member. The team consisted of Joey Cabell, Paul Strauch, Fred Hemmings and Butch Van Artsdalen. Duke created the highly esteemed Duke Invitational surfing competition and surfers from around the world were invited to participate. The event only took place when the surf was big enough (often over 20 feet). Pride at being invited was immense. Surfing caught the public's imagination and Duke Surfboards, such as the one we offer here, were made available in surf shops, so that anybody from Montauk to Malibu could vicariously join up. Duke Kahanamoku was an iconic Olympic champion swimmer, Ambassador of Aloha, Sheriff of Honolulu and widely recognized as the Father of Modern Day surfing. He was an accomplished Waterman, a credit to the State of Hawaii and National Treasure of the United States of America.