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July 23, 1948 |
|Residence||Huntington Beach, Orange 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|
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.
Interview with David Nuuhiwa in Liquid Salt Magazine
Encyclopedia of Surfing, David Nuuhiwa entry