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Surfer of the Century <br>by Ellie Crowe
Name: Surfer of the Century
by Ellie Crowe
Product Code: BEC
Description:Item Number: BEC 
Product Detail:Growing up in Honolulu with the Pacific Ocean as his backyard, Duke Kahanamoku learned to swim and surf at a young age. By his early twenties, Duke's lighting fast swimming won him a place on the 1912 United States Olympic Team and gold medal in the 100 meter free style race. Over the years Duke straggled with racism and financial troubles, but by the end of his twenty year Olympic career, he was a six-time medal winner. Although a swimming champion, Duke's passion was surfing. He traveled the world, introducing surfboarding to Australia and the United States. Considered the father of modern surfing, Duke spread his love of the ocean and Hawaii wherever he went. Duke was beloved for his modesty, sportsmanshp, and amazing skill in the water. He remains a legendary waterman and an inspiration to all to live life with aloha.

Winner of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 2008 Once Upon a World Children's Book Award.
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