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Surfer David Nuuhiwa Sr. dies David Nuuhiwa Sr...

January 27, 2005

Surfer David Nuuhiwa Sr. dies

David Nuuhiwa Sr., father of surfing great David Nuuhiwa and

legendary spiritual leader of the surfing world, died Friday, Jan.

21, following a battle with cancer.

Nuuhiwa Sr., born in 1925, had been inducted on Dec. 10 into the

Surfers' Hall of Fame in front of Huntington Surf and Sport.

A Hawaiian legend and martial arts teacher, he was honored for his

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commitment to the "spirit of surfing and its Hawaiian origins." He

had blessed several surfing-related events in Surf City, including

the U.S. Open of Surfing.

"He is a surfing legend," Huntington Surf and Sport owner Aaron

Pai said following the induction ceremony.

Nuuhiwa Sr. was scheduled to be part of a class inducted into the

Hall of Fame during a summertime ceremony during the 2005 U.S. Open

of Surfing, but due to his relapse of cancer, the Hall of Fame

committee decided to move his induction to December.

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