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Kahanamoku, The Fastest Swimmer In The World

From the National Library of France: https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6525314k/f1.item

“Le miroir des sports” is a French weekly magazine of photographic illustrations dedicated to sport. It was created in 1920, following on from “Le miroir”, which shares mainly news photographs. The founder of Le Miroir des Sports is Paul Dupuy, the last issue was published in 1968.

The 1920 Olympic Games were the sixth edition of the modern Olympic Games. They were held in Antwerp, Belgium, from 23 April to 12 September 1920. The games were awarded to Antwerp as a tribute to the suffering that had been inflicted on the Belgian people during the war. In addition, the defeated central empires, which were considered responsible for the war, were not invited, but the games still brought together 29 nations and 2626 athletes, including 65 women.

These Olympic Games saw the coronation of the American Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, one of the greatest surfers in history, who became the first swimmer in history to retain his gold medal in the 100-metre freestyle by setting a new world record of 1 min 0 s 4. In total, he won 5 Olympic medals, 3 of which were gold, during his career.

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Secret Surfing History - Final Wave

This though is a story of one of the most iconic images from Australian surfing history, and how despite being published repeatedly and widely for almost 60 years, it is not exactly what many people believe it is.

Jack Eden's recording for Midget Farrelly (above) at the first 'official' World Championships in Manly in 1964 was titled 'Final Wave'. This is a very important moment in our surfing history - a bit like the maturation of competitive surfing, with local youngsters becoming national sporting heroes and 'household names' after their success. Midget's victory truly marks the beginning of a new era for surfing in Australia.

 

 

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Sydney native Bernard "Midget" Farrelly was 18 years old when he won the unofficial World Surfing Championships in Makaha, Hawaii in January 1963. Meanwhile, Jack Eden, a surfer and surf photographer, had made the leap to magazine editor/editor and produced the first issue of Surfabout, one of Australia's early surf magazines, in August 1962. Phase one. Midget's standout move in the final wave was (at the time) a dramatic cut with his arms held high. "Final Wave"

 Except it is not a photo of Midget’s winning move on his final wave – Midget was wearing the number “2” singlet in the final, not the number “3” singlet in the photo.

Facts of the day

The first university to offer a degree in surfing is Plymouth University.
The largest recorded wave was 530 meters in Lituya Bay on the south coast of Alaska.

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Photo copyright free

Synopsis

The sport of Stand Up Paddle seems to have popped up out of nowhere. The truth is, the sport has deep roots in both early Polynesian and Hawaiian History as it is truly a combination of outrigger paddling and surfing.

The first regular Stand Up Paddle enthusiasts were playing around in Waikiki as early as 1939, when Duke Kahnomoku used to stand up on an australian surf ski. Later, in the 60's and 70's guys like John Ah Choy and John Zapotocki used to do the sport regularly up into the late 90's until they finally were getting to old to keep surfing.

Around that Same time, Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama played around with paddles on Maui and although at first no one seemed to take notice, it wasn't long before the sport was attracting all sorts of users from all over the world.

Now, Stand Up Paddling is done almost everwhere there is water, and the sport has gone in multiple directions. Some people like the exercise and weight loss aspects in flat water, others like to race, and the most extreme are taking the boards out into the waves. Filmed in Hawaii, Fiji, and Tahiti, That First Glide is a must see movie for everyone and features most of the premier athletes that got the sport off the ground.

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Interview

Interview of the Month
Atsuko Morita

By Jean Pierre Banville 
Edited by Jeremy LEMARIE 

 

To read the full interview, click on this link: 

https://www.surfblurb.com/copie-de-mike-harris

Atsuko Morita is one of Japan's most talented surf artists. She manages to mix her passion for painting with her passion for surfing. Come and discover how. She also talks about her vision of surfing and how it is seen in Japan.

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Courtesy of Moriharu

Intro:

Atsuko Morita lives in Miki City in Japan. She is a well-known artist there, but the West tends to overlook the vast cultural cauldron that Japan is. Atsuko is somewhat unknown outside the borders of her country and the Surf Blurb wanted to give her special exposure. So here is an interview of what we consider as being one of the most talented surf artists in Japan.

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Courtesy of Moriharu

Editorial choice

Kauai News
Kaua'i firefighters and local surfers rescue swimmer at Kaelia Beach  
https://kauainownews.com/2022/11/22/kaua%CA%BBi-firefighters-and-local-surfers-rescue-swimmer-at-kealia-beach/

Ash Tulloch 
Portuguese surfer Teresa Bonvalot on her big plans and making history
https://olympics.com/en/news/teresa-bonvalot-portugal-seeking-surfing-history-interview

August Howell  
Dane Reynolds said these Clips weren't good enough
https://stabmag.com/stabcinema/watch-dane-reynolds-b-clips-still-score-top-marks/

Youtube Channel : Surf Channel Television Network
Worst Wipeouts! Big Wave Surfing - Chile 2013
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7bVrK86OoY

Mentawai Islands 4k Surf Aerial Drone 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A1ScnPCsgM

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Emiliano Arano
25 November 2021

© Emiliano Arano

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