Center, George "Dad"

Gung-ho water sportsman and surfing booster from Honolulu, Hawaii; the "Captain of the Outriggers" for Waikiki's Outrigger Canoe Club from 1910 to 1932; once celebrated as Hawaii's unofficial record holder for the longest surfing ride, after catching a big summer wave in 1917 from outside Castles Break off Waikiki to the inner waters past Cunha Breakā€”a distance of about three-quarters of a mile.

Center was born in 1886, the son of a sugar plantation manager, and raised in Honolulu; he excell...