Woz Change CT Trophy Name To 'The Duke'

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Swellnet Dispatch

At the recent WSL dinner it was announced that, from this season onwards, the Championship Tour trophy will be called the Duke Kahanamoku WSL Champions’ Trophy.

Which no doubt will be shortened to the Duke.

The Duke in full flight

It's not the first time the father of modern surfing has had an award in his name. From 1965 to 1984, the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational - also shortened to the Duke - was a contest held on Oahu's North Shore, usually at Sunset, and long considered the world's premier contest. To a large degree, the Duke has been adequately replaced by the Eddie, which began the year the last the Duke was run.

It was, said Erik Logan while dressed in pink chinos, "in the spirit of inspiration and our deep connection to Hawaii," that the Woz chose the name change.

“I think Duke represents the root of surfing at its core,” said John John tautologically. “Coming from Hawaii and knowing the history of Duke and what he did bringing surfing around the world; he’s really turned surfing into an amazing sport.”

Using the Duke's name and likeness arose is in partnership with the Kahanamoku family and Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation. In the past, the Duke's image has been co-opted to sell the image of Hawaii fuelling many legal spats between the Kahanamoku family, owners of the Duke's trademark, and various other involved parties. The disputes have been volatile and undignified, as illustrated in this article.


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jedi old mate Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 10:55am

The audacity of the WSL to think they can bastardize long dead Cultural Icons in an attempt to add legitimacy and credibility to their flailing billionaire backed business is a tragic comedy.

The WSL clearly jealous of the 'Eddie' and Backdoor Shootout (in memory of Duke) success and desperately wants that prestige and legendary status attached to their brand.

Hopefully they have at least partnered with some local community groups in Hawaii and local people actually gain something from this blatant cultural appropriation.

A new level of 'cringe' for E'lo

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Steve82 Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 11:25am

Spot on. They saw the success of these grass roots events and wanted a slice of the pie.

Lame. The entire surfing spectrum runs from the Duke at one end and E'Lo at the other.

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suchas Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 11:31am

Coming soon-The Duke champion crowned in a wavepool.

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Great White Snark Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 12:47pm

The duke loved pools

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suchas Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 6:48pm

Full circle!

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suchas Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 6:49pm

The great circle path!

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Ash Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 1:06pm

The American way is , ownership is everything.

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udo Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 2:08pm

Has Eddie Rothman spoken yet..?
I think he might...
Loved this Rant

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kerry playford Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 5:23pm

Love it Eddie telling what it is.

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soggydog Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 5:54pm

A deep representation of surfings connection to Hawaii, that’ll get presented after a finals at Trestle’s California.

Someone went full retard.

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bbbird Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 7:30pm

A deep resentment by many native peoples to the invasions by armed & rich foreign powers exists.
It took almost 100 years for the US Govt to formally apologise for removing the Hawaiian Royal family by force, for a cheap land grab by US citizens; called the "Apology Resolution"

The 1993 Apology Resolution by the U.S. Congress concedes that "the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii occurred with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States and [...] the Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either through the Kingdom of Hawaii or through a plebiscite or referendum". Debates regarding the event play an important role in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement.

There may need to be more sustainable efforts & social benefits required than just buying a name & eco-project to smooth troubled waters.
These guys fly a circus round the world, so we can watch a few exciting minutes of highly skilled surfers riding waves.
“He alii ka aina; he kauwa ke kanaka.”
“The land is the chief; man is its servant.”
Reference: https://www.royalhawaiianmovers.com/6-hawaiian-words-for-nature-islands-...

Local pro surfers on local high class waves may be an ethical option in the future of the sport?

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bbbird Monday, 30 Jan 2023 at 10:06pm

There are 1.8 million species of named plants, animals, and fungi.

Some known.Food webs

We are one species... that depleted many Islands to become warriors, food or slaves.
The Future Eaters

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MartinNow Tuesday, 31 Jan 2023 at 4:56am

And we need to get our own backyard in order.

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Surfalot67 Tuesday, 31 Jan 2023 at 8:42am

Cultural appropriation - level 10. Is there no end to E-Lo's disrespect?

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Standingleft Tuesday, 31 Jan 2023 at 9:53pm

ELO thought bubble bursts like a fart in a bathtub.
Someone smite him with one of Dukes hardwood planks

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pebbleamongstth... Tuesday, 31 Jan 2023 at 10:38pm

It's rare that Swellnet adopts a Beachgrit-esque approach. Thanks for the chuckles Stu. 1/100 odds Fast Eddie falls for this

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velocityjohnno Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 5:29pm

I think the root of the core of surfing shows how intently JJF is focusing on that core.

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icandig Monday, 6 Feb 2023 at 8:22am

I, myself prefer a double entendre to a tautology. So does my wife. So I gave her one.

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dawnperiscope Monday, 6 Feb 2023 at 1:37pm

Rex Mossop would be proud, hopefully all in the name of forward progress.

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truebluebasher Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 10:41pm

First Up...tbb has plenty respect for The Duke & means no disrespect to Aloha.
The following is research strictly related to Olympic Ideal renaming of WSL awards.
Naturally fueled by ongoing Hawaiian uprising / equal recognition.

WSL Flip Flops on Chix ... bossed by the Man all over again...

Wiki : "Princess Kalea could surf better than both men & women!"
So why not Princess Kalea Award or Duchess Award for the WSL Chix?

So why is ELO bullying the chix with He Man Power...must be really serious?
Hawaiian Sovereignty...examples Monstrous Duke & WSL Olympians competing for Team USA.
If we Aussies are reading this expose half a world away...reckon it's a sign!

WSL claim the Duke will buy them bucket loads of Team USA Olympic Ideal...
1931-61 Duke was 13x elected US Marshal & #1 campaigner for Hawaii to be annexed as a US State.
Yes! The perfect Choice for Peace in the Pacific...just don't ask questions!
As US MP Dignitary he financed Oahu Missile Tests / Punch Bowl Cemetery / Arizona Memorial
Duke's selling out Hawaii mission completed [Sign Here] > US then dumped him...

Hawaii employed him as Aloha "Greeter" $5,000 / wk ... "to sit on the beach...just as usual!"...he moaned.
Duke: "I spend my life selling free ads for Hawaii with no pay & nothing to show for it...!"
Duke crossed the Line (Too big for his boots) ... Newspapers were bombarded with hate mail...
{ Greedy } "Ungrateful" ( Lazy ) [ SOLD OUT ] + Please! Sign me & my hubbie...for such drudgery!
VIP jet setter Duke was made to respect the humble local folk & if not too late he did!

WSL Olympic Ideal > Revoking The US Stately Duke will hose down any Pacific Uprising!

Be ideal if WSL could get off their arse & get Surfing listed as an 2024 Olympic Event
Oops! Too Late ...Ticket Registration & Promos are over...no Surfing to be seen...Team Losers!

Games Fans can see that WSL + ISA don't give a shit about Surf Olympics...(A huge compliment!)
Cheapest Ticket in Japan to No Tickets in France...{Please Explain!} How to go lower than Cheapest?

Clearly WSL Duke is less about Olympic Glory but locking in French & US Pacific (UN) Power Plays.
Tahiti or The Duke's Hawaii will forever vote as their Master says.

The Duke at the Olympics
IOC often shunned "Pro" Athlete Duke who ever surfed & swam for Tobacco / Grog giants!
No secret that The Duke was a huge fan of the Payroll & would sell out his Nation for Hawaiian shirts.

However! There is an Aussie twist that may just set Hawaii free...(Really!)
[Factcheck] The Duke & Hawaiian Olympians have represented & surfed for their Country!

1912 ~ US Duke Gold + Silver (Oz Olympians send invite to Duke >Tour)
1920 ~ US Duke Gold x2
1924 ~ US Duke Silver
1956 ~ Hawaii (Duke invited by Oz as Olympic Delegate) IOC / US said No Way & trained in Hawaii!
Hawaii sent Duke (All Oz Olympic venue access) +10 Hawaiian competitors handed out 10,000 Leis.
Gold - Beach Relay / Single Ski + Silver - Board / Beach Sprint + Bronze Surf
Royals > Hawaiian Anthem > Flags Flown > Olympic Medals
Hawaiian Olympians even sold their Surfboards to Aussies as Duke's 1914/15 Surf/swim safari.
1960 ~ Italy requested Duke > Olympic Swimming Medal Presentations (Cancelled by IOC)
IOC ruled out any further Political / Paid Olympic Presentations as in Hitler or Melbourne Games!

Perfect example of Aussies & Hawaii sticking it to IOC & Yanks!
Seemingly...Japan / French / US Exhibition Surfing can invite & award Tahiti / Hawaii or whoever!
Meaning WSL / ISA are holding out & cowardly serve their masters!
2032 Gold Coast could run Olympic Surfing Exhibition > Invite & Award Pacific Olympians!
We've shown Hawaiian's equal respect before & can do so again & so too can WSL / ISA. (Just do it!)

1990 Hawaiian & 1994 US plaques are most definite in pride of place..."State of Hawaii"
2002 [ USA ] Duke Postage Stamp (No mistaking that Duke is property of his beloved USA)
Sounds harsh but rather fitting for his end goal for US State of Hawaii.

1994 Oz Plaque lazily omits any Duke connection to Hawaii? (Bloody Typical)
2015 NZ Plaque "Hawaiian Surf Rider"
2022 NSW Govt Plaque "Hawaiian Swimmer & Surfer"
Bne : Duke took the dough but never showed leaving local legendary surfers bummed.

Crew called it...Duke kicking boards in Floodlit Tidal sea Stadiums = WSL Wavepools! (Tick!)
Duke's Tours were shrouded by dodgy merch & high price entry fees = WSL Wavepools (Tick!)

20 years + Goldie Big Bash & CT season opener ended 2019...( covid )
2022 Hawaii WSL Awards + 2023 Pentecostal Cadets ..(Scroll down to end)
eg: UN Aquaman (Duke) anoints WSL UN Ambassadors Toledo & Brisa.

Curtain Raiser

Q: Where is WSL unveiling their sacred Duke Holy Grail...naturally be on his Hawaiian shore!
A: 2nd guess! ... of course it's The Duke's good ol' home soil of USA.
Aussie Rip Curl will paste stickers over The Holy Grail at US Trestles WSL Hula Girl Luau.
It's all very Pure!

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mattlock Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 10:53pm

It's a sheWozzle.
They have no shame.

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mattlock Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 10:54pm

Remember the Duke.
My great nephew is named after him.

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zenagain Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 11:22pm

Your nephew is named ’Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola‘ Matty?

Must be a nightmare for his teacher.

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zenagain Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 11:23pm

Btw- what's happening with Callum Robbo?

Haven't heard squat since last year.

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Standingleft Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 11:40pm

Onya zen, Matty was asking for that. I was going to go with Wellington but you nailed it

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mattlock Thursday, 2 Feb 2023 at 11:49pm

No he is called Duke. My great nephew.
It is what it it is.

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Vince Neil Friday, 3 Feb 2023 at 8:26am

Excuse my pitiful ignorance but did the Duke ever surf Pipe?

Shouldn’t we be paying homage to the German chemists who invented PU that made modern board design/ modern surfing as we know it possible?

Shout out to Japanese jet skis and US navy for surf patrol and wave forecasting respectively

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truebluebasher Friday, 3 Feb 2023 at 2:38pm

Duke did dive many Reefs on Oahu & did attend his Sunset Beach Surf Comp in 1965.

Vince, your question is more interesting for this simple fact...

Crew might think some Sunset Beach Comp founding stone or other was laid...(Where?)
Crew can search text or Maps or Google Earth...
There seems to be no North Shore Plaque or monument to The Duke.

After almost giving up...
Searched : "Duke Kahanamoku + Ehukai Beach Park"...seeking any Park Monuments.
Only to reveal an Opening Day Comp dedication that extended into Comp Dedication.
But not just any ordinary comp...

Crew can thank Vince for posing an excellent straight up question...cheers!

2016 : Da Hui Shootout Opening Day in Memory of Duke Kahanamoku.
Yes! We can share footage of The Pipe Master Ceremony...
The Duke is projected as The Ultimate Pipe Master locked in time.

The Comp continues The Duke Dediction...

Duke's OceanFest Surfing Comp Waikiki (Week long Events)

Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Giant Lagoon Waikiki

One might consider other local & worldly Comps / Events dedicated to The Duke...
This would seem a more fitting & economical tribute than Duke monuments.
tbb thinks it would be worthy for Comp researchers to track down more casual Duke Tributes.

Kinda like Live bands doing impromptu covers of fav' artists.

This alone would shed new light or reevaluate WSL Comp dedication...
Noting these North Shore Comps respectfully dedicate & exhibit The Duke with reverence.
Example : WSL might consider Hawaiian Competitor / Rep / Creed or tradition enshrined with Award
Something even more special than buck passing Stickers & spraying Beer!
Careful wot ya wish for tbb...(Vomit bag...quickly!)

The Duke's Olympic Addendum (From above)
1932 : LA Games Duke attended as official reserve for Water Polo Team
1964 : Japan Tokyo Olympics > Invited The Duke as Official Guest & he attended...
Unsure if The Duke represented Hawaii or US

Recapping...Duke's Olympic representations as athlete or officially requested.
1912 > 1920 > 1924 > 1932 > 1956 > *1960 > 1964
*Paid visit ruled invalid by IOC Head (Arch Nemesis)

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Robwilliams Monday, 6 Feb 2023 at 12:38pm

History and legacy of a time gone by but not forgotten regardless of surfing. And not a sticker to be seen.
Wsl continues to rape and pillage whilst searching for soul. As for the shaper awards boycott it by supporting your favourite local shaper as you should be, if you can. can it get any lower, I think it can if you continue to grasp at straws and selling product. All under the banner of Mass marketing and product placement for the non conscious consumer. But name a sport that hasn't been corrupted by this approach. Would the duke be impressed, do we even care? You never could buy soul until it became marketable and profitable. But anything for a buck right? Indo locals got all of that tower yet? Rape and pillage, nothing to see here. As for a hawaiian local expressing themselves, you can understand the resentment if you see the true exploitation for what it is. Duke or no Duke.