1976 Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Classic


James Jones

Governing Body:

International Professional Surfers (IPS)


“The 12th Annual Duke Kahanamoku Hawaiian Surfing Classic,” by James Jones, SURFER, May 1977

The Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Classic is the most prestigious event in surfing. It is dedicated in memory of Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii’s greatest Olympic champion, and the father of modern surfing. It was the Duke who introduced surfing to Australia and other parts of the world outside Hawaii, and he is probably the most instrumental person in the development of modern surfing. It is fitting that this co...