Original oil painting of a nostalgic beach scene on Main Beach in Corona del Mar in Newport Beach, California. The painting features longboarders, including Duke Kahanamoku. The artwork is also available as archival quality canvas giclée prints in a variety of sizes listed below.
Description & Size
Open Edition Giclée Print on Canvas, 8 x 10 inches
8.00" x 10.00"
Limited Edition Giclée Print on Canvas, 12 x 16 inches, Total Edition: 95 Prints
12.00" x 16.00"
Limited Edition Giclée Print on Canvas, 18 x 24 inches, Total Edition: 95 Prints
18.00" x 24.00"
Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku is generally regarded as the person who popularized the modern sport of surfing. He was also an Olympic champion in swimming and was the first person to be inducted into both the Swimming Hall of Fame and the Surfing Hall of Fame. The Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships are named in his honor. He is a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
While living in Newport Beach, California on June 14, 1925, Kahanamoku rescued eight men from a fishing vessel that capsized in heavy surf while attempting to enter the city's harbor. Twenty-nine fishermen went into the water and seventeen perished. Using his surfboard, he was able to make quick trips back and forth to shore to increase the number of sailors rescued. Two other surfers saved four more fishermen. Newport's police chief at the time called Duke's efforts "the most superhuman surfboard rescue act the world has ever seen." Thus was born the tradition of lifeguards having rescue surfboards at the ready.
A modern Hawaiian life guard's surf board ready for use.