Our Bookmobile goes to Dillon Beach 2 times a month which gives us time to watch the amazing surfers in between customers. Although I can't say that I have ever been on a surfboard, it is thrilling to watch the skill of surfers using all kinds of equipment and techniques. Did you know that California surfing owes a debt to Duke Kahanamoku, the father of surfing? Duke brought the art of surfing to many parts of the world in the early 1900's. He was a multiple Olympic medal winner for swimming and was inducted into the Olympic hall of fame. He bravely rescued fishermen from a capsized boat using his surfboard which has become a staple tool for beach lifeguards everywher. As amazing as Duke was, he suffered discrimination for being a "person of color" along with the great Jim Thorpe during the 1912 Olympics where they together won many medals. If you'd like to know more about Duke, check out this amazing biography:
Winner of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's 2008 Once Upon a World Children's Book Award -Young Reader Award.
And check out this amazing footage of Duke surfing in the 1930's! His surfboard was made of wood and weighed 113 pounds----a little different from today's fiberglass boards.