David Nuuhiwa

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David Nuuhiwa
Personal information
Born (1948-07-23) July 23, 1948 (age 68)
Oahu, Hawaii
Residence Huntington Beach, Orange 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.


Nuuhiwa was born (1948) in Honolulu, Hawaii, the son of a Waikiki beachboy and martial arts instructor, and began surfing at age five, one year after his mother died.

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.


  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

Encyclopedia of Surfing, David Nuuhiwa entry