Sunday, March 14, 2010

Unusual Pictures Of Uncommon People

Duke Kahanamoku was the unofficial ambassador of surfing to the world. Born in Waikiki on 1890, his remarkable swimming abilities took him to the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, the 1924 Olympics in Paris, and the 1932 Summer Olympics, where he joined the water polo team at the age of 42. He picked up 5 gold medals along the way.

He answered Hollywood's call in the 1920s, appearing in numerous movies and playing water polo with the Los Angeles Athletic Club. In 1925, while relaxing on the sand near Newport Beach, he witnessed a fishing boat capsize in heavy surf as it made its way to the harbor. He grabbed his board and paddled out and is credited with rescuing 8 fisherman. Although 17 fishermen perished, the town's sheriff was quoted as saying it was the most remarkable rescue effort he'd ever seen, with Duke pulling men one by one out of the surging surf and paddling them individually to shore on his wooden board.

Most pictures of Duke show him posing with his board. The one above shows him in Santa Monica, circa 1925, showing off his golf swing, and below, posing with an unknown swimmer.


Tracy said...

WOW--I didn't know about this man what an athlete! Happy Weekend, Golden West :o) ((HUGS))

Sweet Repose said...

What a fascinating story, you just come up with the best stuff!!!

I long for the flowers in the shot iris are up 3 inches or so...doesn't take much to get me excited these days!

Chilly and cloudy all day today...but then, tomorrow is another day! Have a good one today friend!

steven said...

wow look at the legs on that guy!!! what a great story! how do you come up with all these people?! steven