Nuuhiwa 2005 Surf Champion/2001 Local Hero
Dynamic noserider and 1960s subculture icon
David Nuuhwa was born in Honolulu Hawaii in 1948, and
quickly rose to prominence as a teenager under the Donald
Takayama after relocating to Southern California, finally
settling in Huntington Beach, CA.
Considered by many to be the greatest surfer of his
era. He was a 1960's cultural linchpin who spearheaded
the noseriding era dominant during the late 1960's.
As a gifted and dynamic surfer who cultivated a rock
star persona-complete with beautiful girlfriends, expensive
cars and groupies- his godhead status was a polarizing
force in surfing as it teetered on the cusp of the shortboard
revolution in the late 1960's.
His classic duels with Corky Carroll in the U.S. Championships
at the Huntington Beach Pier exemplify one of the best
rivalries in the history of U.S. competitive surfing.
Although best remembered for his noseriding prowess,
his transition to shortboarding is often overlooked
despite his progressive experimentation with "fish"
designs on the North Shore.
David made the crossover into the mainstream when his
surfing was featured in the psychedelic rockumentary
about Jimi Hendrix's time on Maui, Rainbow Bridge in
1971. After placing 2nd at the 1972 World Championships
and appearing in starring role in Five Summer Stories
(1972), he disappeared from the scene again for nearly
a decade. Nuuhiwa returned in the early 1980s to his
rightful place on the noseriding throne amidst the nostalgia-laced
longboard resurgence of the 1980s and 90s. David hold
the distinction along with Corky Carroll of being inducted
for both the Surf Champion and Local Hero for the Surfing
Walk of Fame.