|The Way It Was|
"I worked on the beach at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel with Duke, Chick Daniels, Turkey Love, Blue Makua and, of course, Rabbit Kekai in the ‘40s and ‘50s. After work we always came to the Outrigger Canoe Club to sit down at a big table, order a pitcher of beer and talk story. Life was a bit different then, slower, more gentle, you know. More aloha and less money-oriented. Some kids don’t want to listen. They know about Duke’s fame, but they don’t know that Duke talked to us about life’s lessons, and…always spread aloha." - Richard Kapela Kauo (pictured)
i just got one and got it in the water for the first time. what an absolute hoot. gets in easy, turns damn well, feels like being a kid again and just an all around blast. can't wait to give it a go when the waves turn on a bit too! thanks for the point in the fun directionView attachment 47479
"In 1986, Santa Barbara resident and surfer Dennis Shanelec created the Ahi board. Shanelec spent years perfecting his board, testing it in secret surf sessions until he came up with the perfect shape and acquired a patent. He made about 1,000 of them, and they became all the rage among young surfers in Hollister Ranch. However, the white, foam board never took off. Around that time, Shanelec also was growing his business as a periodontist and decided to devote his time to his career, and he eventually became a reputed oral surgeon.
The legend of the Ahi board remained among a small group of local surfers. Until now. Goleta resident Matt Van Dyk, along with friend and business partner Aaron “Johnny” Foster, through a strange turn of events more unpredictable than the most wild wave, found the Ahi board.
He revived it, tweaked it a bit for the modern times and is selling it at local surf shops. It’s now called the Ahi Wave Sled. The Ahi Wave Sleds are for sale at the Beach House, 10 State St. in Santa Barbara. Grayson Nance, manager of the store, said the board was ahead of its time. The concept was always good, with its slender shape and ability to control, but it never caught fire. Nance surfs with the board. “It’s completely different from a body board,” Nance said. “It’s different from a surfboard. It’s got its own niche.
The board has a concave bottom, is made out of a thermoplastic polymer foam and is easy to turn and manage on the water. It’s also 100% curbside recyclable... on an Ahi, there really is no other option than to have fun.”