Documentary – For the first time in surfing history the world’s best surfers were brought together in one group to compete in the world’s greatest surf at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.

The first annual Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship was a one day event held December 15th, 1965 at Sunset Beach in perfect 10 – 12 foot surf. 24 of the worlds best surfers were invited to compete. The television film coverage was directed by Larry Lindberg and the production crew was headed up by Bruce Brown and included cameramen: Greg MacGillvray, Jim Freeman, Spyder Wills, Greg Weaver and Val Valentine. Interviews included: Miki Dora, Jeff Hakman, Felipe Pomar, and the Duke.

Invited surfers:
Jeff Hakman, Mike Doyle, Paul Strauch, Fred Hemmings, Peter Cole, Mickey Munoz, Richard Chew, John Peck, Skip Frye, Kealoha Kaio, Miki Dora, Felipe Pomar, Mike Hynson, Robert August, Rusty Miller, Butch Van Artsdalen, Corky Carroll, Greg Noll, Dewey Weber, Bobby Cloutier, Jackie Eberle, Kimo Hollinger, George Downing, Joey Cabell.

Event crew and judges:
Fred Van Dyke, Randy Rarrick, Wally Froiseth, Phil Edwards, Kimo Hollinger, Kimo McVay, Buzzy Trent, Walter Hoffman, George Downing.

Watch the full Duke event coverage on TheSurfNetwork Here: