Fred Hemmings visits Duke’s Beach House
KAANAPALI – Hawaii surfing legend and “Local Boy” Fred Hemmings was the special guest speaker at Duke’s Beach House’s quarterly all-employee meeting on June 13.
Hemmings played a key role in bringing competitive surfing into the mainstream. His many surfing career accomplishments include the 1968 World Surfing Championship Title.
He spoke about the history of the Hawaiian Islands, his passion for surfing, the spirit of aloha and his memories of the late Duke Kahanamoku.
His memories include carrying Duke’s board to the water on the day that Duke caught the last wave of his storied surfing career.
Laura Blears, a fellow member of the Surfing Hall of Fame and the first woman to compete against the men in big wave surfing, had the honor of introducing her old friend.
She recalled that Hemmings was instrumental in paving the way for women to break into professional big wave surfing.
Blears shared one of her favorite Fred Hemmings quotes: “True beauty is not how you look; rather, it is how you make others feel with aloha.”