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100 years since Duke celebrated throughout NZ

The Duke and friends in New Zealand, 2015: Historical Photo



Duke Kahanamoku—100 Years of Surfing in New Zealand

28 February - 5 April 2015
Various Locations, New Zealand

New Zealand events honor centennial anniversary of The Duke's visit

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 February, 2015 - Celebrations are to be held all throughout New Zealand to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku's visit, where he first demonstrated his swimming and surfing prowess at public events in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, and Auckland.

On the 28th of February the New Brighton Pier and Foreshore Society in Christchurch are unveiling a centennial memorial at the Pier that will consist of a replica surfboard and bronze plaque.

The society has invited Sandy Hall, The Duke’s official biographer, Earl Pa Mai Tenn who represents the Duke’s family, and Master Hawaiian Ukulele and Hula teacher Edwina Noelani Mahoe will also be present. Stage 2 of the celebrations will include the unveiling of a smooth polished and coloured concrete wave 8m x 2.5m, by local sculptor Bon Suter.

On Sunday the 1st of March the South Coast Board Riders Association (SCBRA) are having a Longboard surf Festival called “The Duke," which will include a mass paddle out and photo opportunity. Participants are encouraged to bring along their favourite Hawaiian shirt to celebrate 100 years of surfing in New Zealand.

There will be an event co-hosted on the 21st of March by the Lyall Bay Surf Life Saving Club and the Wellington Boardriders Club. Both clubs will combine resources for a commemorative day in respect of The Duke, who was a guest of Lyall Bay SLSC while he performed his swimming and surfing demonstrations in Wellington.

The open day at the clubhouse will include the dusting off of some really antique boards from the attic and a fun competition is to be held with spot prizes for: Best Hawaiian Costume, Best Vintage Costume, Best Vintage Board, Best Performance, Best Wave, and Oldest and Youngest Surfer.

From 3 - 5 April, the New Plymouth Surfriders Club's 24th Easter Masters will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the “Father of Modern Surfing,” Duke Kahanamoku demonstrating surfing at New Brighton Christchurch, St Clair Dunedin, and Lyall Bay Wellington.

There will be a special commemorative Duke K trophy presented to the winner of the Masters Division, and a special D.K. Ladies trophy. In addition, the major spot prize will be a handcrafted wooden laminated surfboard worth $2,000.00.


Ashton Goggans

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