Hula Bay Club & Duke's Retired Surfer's Island Bar
Born August 24th, 1894 in Honolulu, Duke Kahanamoku went on to become the undisputed father of modern surfing.
Although Hawaiians had been riding waves since before the arrival of Captain Cook, Duke exposed the sport to the rest of the world. After winning a gold and silver medal in swimming at the Stockholm Olympics, he traveled the world and subsequently introduced surfing to the East Coast, Australia, and New Zealand, demonstrating his talent and spreading Aloha to scores of enthralled spectators.
Duke went on to win another Olympic gold and silver medal and solidified his waterman status by rescuing eight fishermen at Newport Harbor, and being inducted into the Swimming Hall of Fame as well as the Surfing Hall of Fame.
Duke fraternized with dignitaries, royalty, movie stars, and of course some of early surfing's greatest athletes and craftsmen. Greg Noll called Duke "... a hero to your hero's heroes," and surfer magazine named him surfer of the century.
Now, almost a century later, legend has it that Duke surfed across the Pacific... Through the Panama Canal into the Gulf of Mexico and into Tampa Bay, having now arrived at Duke's Retired Surfer's Island Bar.