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July 23, 1948 |
|Residence||Huntington Beach, Orange County (San Diego County), California|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Major achievements||Surfing Walk of Fame 2005 Surf Champion, 2001 Local Hero|
|Quiver||Long Noseriders, Twin-Fin Fishes|
|Favorite waves||Tavarua, Fiji|
He moved to California in 1961 with his father David Nuuhiwa II.
David Nuuhiwa is widely known for his soulful noseriding. Often perched at the tip of his board for 20 seconds or more. Nuuhiwa's smooth and fluid style established him winning the 1966 international championship in San Diego.
Nuuhiwa continued to win contests following the shortboard era, such as the 1971 U.S. Surfing Championships. By this time Nuuhiwa had transitioned from his longboards to shortboards, favoring twin-fin fishes. He continued to win competitions and make projects, most notably surfing in Rainbow Bridge, a film starring Jimi Hendrix.
Nuuhiwa later starred in Five Summer Stories.
In 2010 he competed against Joel Tudor and Alex Knost in a critically acclaimed Legends heat. On that day, Joel Tudor, who was a self-proclaimed follower of David, had betrayed him in an elaborated "fixed" heat and a scheme that would ultimately have David banned from the U.S. Open of Surfing. Since then the Tudors and Nuuhiwas have not spoken.
Interview with David Nuuhiwa in Liquid Salt Magazine