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Kaiulani surfed while studying in England


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POSTED: Saturday, September 27, 2008

This one's for you, Malika Dudley, and for other outstanding wahine surfers. Princess Kaiulani, whose birthday is coming up Oct. 16, loved surfing and introduced the sport to Europe when she was studying in England in the early 1890s, according to Kristin Zambucka, who has written three books on the princess.

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Princess Kaiulani
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Malika Dudley

Kaiulani, who was born in 1875, surfed in English Channel waters at Brighton resort. Kristin reports that according to documents at the British Surfing Museum in Brighton, “;The tall foreign dignitary stood erect on a thin board with her hair blowing in the wind and rode the chilly waters.”; After learning of the princess surfing, some of the nobility of Europe were soon giving it a go, Kristin said. When the princess returned home in 1897, she surfed regularly at Waikiki, Kristen added. Her 7 1/2-foot board is in the Bishop Museum. KGMB weather princess Malika, an athletic former Miss Hawaii, is sometimes shown on the station's news programs as she rips through the surf on her board, occasionally even doing acrobatics ...

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