Conrad Canha

Honolulu, 1967

It's bitchin’. I work three months, then draw unemployment the rest of the year and have a great time.

This article was published as “The Album of Conrad Canha,” along with a half-dozen photos, in the May 1967 issue of Surfing. Canha was 34 years old. 

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A lot of people think I’m Hawaiian. I’m not. They mistake my name for ‘Kona.” My whole family was born on Maui, but I’m actually full-blooded Portuguese.

No two waves alike. The best waves I’ve ever caught were at Ala Moana. I’ve only been surfing there five years now; I should have started riding the ...