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Surfing in Ancient Hawaii by Ben Finney

Surfing in Ancient Hawaii by Ben Finney

Ben Finney is one of those actually not so rare indiviuals; a European who contributed in a major way to Polynesian Society. His master's degree thesis, for his MA in anthropology in 1959 was; Hawaiian Surfing: a Study of Cultural Change”,which became the basis for Surfing: The Sport of Hawaiian Kings, a book which Finney co-authored in 1966. Finney went on to co-founded in 1973 the Polynesian Voyaging Society with artist Herb Kawainui Kane and sailor Charles Tommy Holmes. Within three years, they had designed, built, and sailed the Hōkūleʻa on its first historic voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti with a crew led by captain Kawika Kapahulehua and navigator Mau Piailug. As he admits himself to write a master's thesis in 1959 on surfing, was to say the least, unusual. A man ahead of his time.

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