David Nuuhiwa

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David Nuuhiwa
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Personal information
Born (1948-07-23) July 23, 1948 (age 66)
Oahu, Hawaii
Residence Huntington Beach, Orange County (San Diego County), California
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Surfing career
Years active 1952-present
Best year 1972
Sponsors Oxbow
Major achievements Surfing Walk of Fame 2005 Surf Champion, 2001 Local Hero
Surfing specifications
Stance Goofy[1]
Shaper(s) Donald Takayama
Quiver Long Noseriders, Twin-Fin Fishes
Favorite waves Tavarua, Fiji
Favorite maneuvers Noseriding
Website nuuhiwasurf.com

David Kealohalani Nuuhiwa III (more commonly known as David Nuuhiwa) is a Hawaiian surfer.


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.


  1. ^ Carroll, Corky (February 11, 2012). "Three of best 'goofy footers' made '60s fun". The Orange County Register. p. Local 1. 

External links[edit]

Interview with David Nuuhiwa in Liquid Salt Magazine