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SAM KAHANAMOKU.

SPEEDY HAWAIIAN SWIMMEK. HOLDER OF MANY RECORDS. Two rows of pearly teeth, two sparkling eyes, a wide smile! 'That's Sain Ivahanamoku —champion of Hawaii, who lias come to Australia to race against the best performers in the land (says the Sydney "Sun"). He is much smaller than his famous brother, Duke. He moves quickly, and lias the light tread of . a born athlete.. He is the youngest of the three Ivahanamoku boys. He commenced liis active career abuot five years ago, and is now champion of the Hawaiian Isles. He represented America at the Olympic Games, and at Harrow, England, in the Empire Games, Tie took the place of Johnny Weissmuller. The American team beat Australia. Sam is only twenty years of age, and claims the world's 100 yds breastroke record of lmin 13 sec straight away, which he established in Honolulu Harbour, defeating the Swedish champion, Oscar Henning. Chiefly, lie is a free-style swimmer. He has swum 50yds in 24sec, 100 yds in 55sec to 56sec, and 220 yds in 2inin 21sec. They are splendid figures, calculated to test Australia's champions to the utmost. Sam also said that minute flat, when he conquered Paul he had covered .100 metres in one Kealolia. He also holds the Hawaiian back stroke record of 35sec for 50yds. When Ivahanamoku returns to America he is going to Stanford University, California, to study medicine. The visitor is not in a perfect condition vet, but he soon will be. Shooting t'lie breakers on a board is a line art—as hundreds of Sydney novices have come to realise. It is a science with Sam Ivahanamoku. He docs not start off paddling about (iyds ahead of the wave. He waits till it reaches him, and with two or three fast arm strokes he is travelling as fast as the wave can carry him —forty Ave miles an hour or so in a big surf. The waves are sometimes 15ft high. He is not a straight "shooter." He always slants his board to right or left at an angle to the wave. This helps him to keep his balance, and, besides, the wave takes them farther — not to mention that it prevents the nose of the board dipping. The Wailciki beae'h slopes and the about a mile out. They are foamwaves begin to break in a heavy surf, tipped, and form a nice rolling shoot from start to finish. At Waikiki there are surf-board races in which surprising speed is obtained by the competitors. Sam won three races. The entrant'-; paddle the boards, but not on waves. Sam's time for 75yds were 33sec, 32sec, and 31sec. His board, which he did not bring with him, is Oft 4in long, 2ft wide, and made of Californian redwood. The name Ivahanamoku means shipbuilder, but none of the family ever built ships. The swimmer's father was named Duke Edinburgh when the Duke visited the islands. Kahanamoku declares that he has never smoked or drunk in his life, and therefore he is not much concerned about his wind as many champions undoubtedly are. And there is this also to be considered—smoking and drinking develop nerves. Kahanamoku is far from being highly strung, and does not in the least seem to be excited or nervous. He is bright, alert, and takes everything in a commonsense way. He moves gracefullly in the water, and uses a neat, long arm drive. It was merely a trial splash. He is a well-moulded young man, and looks in good fettle—as far as his physical appearances goes. Sam explained to me, continues the "Sun's " interviewer, why he had not considered middle-distance swimming seriously. It was the advice of his brother Duke that set him against the idea from the outset. Duke said it was too much for 'him, and Sam took his counsel without hesitation. Duke by the way, is now thirty-live years of age, and Sam , thinks he is still good enough to represent America at the Olympic games. There is no doubt apparently about Sam's pluck. The Hawaiian told me that once when he dived about 300 ft he injured the bones of the back of his shoulder. Sometimes he could feel them cracking, and occasionally when he was swimming he could use only one arm drive. He was exceedingly modest and casual with this information. In contdraistinction to many swimmers, Kahanamoku does not like freshwater swimming—in fact, he dislikes it so much that when I suggested that Freshwater would be a suitable place for board shooting, Sam exclaimed: "No, I don's care for fresh water." It is highly amusing to hear people "savvying" the Hawaiian. And It is just as amusing to see the change of expression on their faces when Sam replies injpcrfcct English.

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SAM KAHANAMOKU., Northern Advocate, 13 March 1925

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