Kinimaka, Titus

Imposing Hawaiian surfer from Kalapaki, Kauai; a Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau competitor from 1986-2009; regarded since the mid-'70s as the guardsman and figurehead of Kauai surfing. "People might think that I'm some kind of heavy," Kinimaka told Surfer magazine in 1986, "but I'm just holding heritage, holding roots."

Kinimaka was born (1955) and raised on Kauai, the 13th of 16 children born to a ceramic mason father and nurse mother, both of whom surfed. Titus' older brother was a Wa...