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Who is Duke Kahanamoku and why is he important to surfing?

Known as Duke, or “The Duke,” Kahanamoku was a three-time Olympic gold medal winner. He broke another record and won a gold medal for the 100-meter freestyle swim at the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, where he also won a silver medal in the 200-meter relay event. (The 1916 Olympics were not held because of World War I.)

How did Duke Kahanamoku change the world?

Encyclopedia of World Biography states, “Kahanamoku trained American Red Cross volunteers in water lifesaving techniques and toured the nation with other American aquatic champions to raise funds for the Red Cross” (Encyclopedia of World Biography 10).

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