1779: EXPLORER JAMES KING, KEALAKEKUA BAY, HAWAII: “THE BOLDNESS AND ADDRESS IS SCARCELY TO BE CREDITED”

John Douglas of Scotland, a bishop and a scholar, edited various journals from Captain James Cook’s second and third voyages to the Pacific. According to surf scholar Patrick Moser, the account below (likely first-drafted by Cook’s second lieutenant, James King) was “the most influential account of Hawaiian surfing for the next 50 years,” following its…