Has the Surf World Forgotten the Duke?

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Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) was far beyond a legend in and out of the water. Not only did he introduce surfing to the rest of the world, but he won five Olympic Gold Medals.

Now as this year's Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons wraps up, we're left with thinking: Whatever happened to a Hawaiian surfing event in memory of the Father of Modern Day Surfing? Am I trippin'? Am I missing something? What happened to "The Duke" invitational?

I find it hard to believe an event like this could just fall off the face of the earth. But it did, and not a single one of us knows why …. See, back in the 1970s "The Duke" was the most prestigious surfing event in the world but then just disappeared …. And we question the entire surfing world: How could this have happened? Was the Duke not marketable? There's really no good reason there shouldn't still be a Duke Classic.

Quiksilver has done an epic job promoting Eddie Aikau's memory the last 25 years or longer, and the Bong's always done a great job to support their fallen team riders….. but no modern surf company has stepped up to bring back The Duke??? It's almost criminal!

The Duke went on for nearly 20 years …. Jeff Hakman won the first one in 1965 and Derek Ho was the one in 1984. And that's just not cutting it. This event needs to be on the ASP schedule. It needs to be a 6-star prime! And for that reason, we beg, we plead with the surf industry to simply BRING IT BACK!!—-SKIP SNEAD


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Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) was far beyond a legend in and out of the water. Not only did he introduce surfing to the rest of the world, but he won five Olympic Gold Medals.

Now as this year's Billabong Pipe Masters in Memory of Andy Irons wraps up, we're left with thinking: Whatever happened to a Hawaiian surfing event in memory of the Father of Modern Day Surfing? Am I trippin'? Am I missing something? What happened to "The Duke" invitational?

I find it hard to believe an event like this could just fall off the face of the earth. But it did, and not a single one of us knows why …. See, back in the 1970s "The Duke" was the most prestigious surfing event in the world but then just disappeared …. And we question the entire surfing world: How could this have happened? Was the Duke not marketable? There's really no good reason there shouldn't still be a Duke Classic.

Quiksilver has done an epic job promoting Eddie Aikau's memory the last 25 years or longer, and the Bong's always done a great job to support their fallen team riders….. but no modern surf company has stepped up to bring back The Duke??? It's almost criminal!

The Duke went on for nearly 20 years …. Jeff Hakman won the first one in 1965 and Derek Ho was the one in 1984. And that's just not cutting it. This event needs to be on the ASP schedule. It needs to be a 6-star prime! And for that reason, we beg, we plead with the surf industry to simply BRING IT BACK!!—-SKIP SNEAD

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