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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 11, 1914, NOON EDITION, Image 10

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Hawaiian Surf Rider Breasting Breakers on Narrow Board,
Honolulu, H. W. It is improbable
that the feat of riding a narrow
board down the rapids that surge
through the gorge just below "the falls
of Niagara cquld he accomplished by
anyone. But if it could be done at
all the most likely candidate for the,
daring and dangerous exhibition
would be a native Hawaiian surf
rider. .
The sea that beats over the coral
reef which half-circles the outer lim
its of the harbor quickly churns Itself
Into a raging, roaring torrent of
&Vftkers that sweep inland across the
shallower waters of the lagoon. It
is upon the crest of these violent,
breakers that the "surf riders 6ast
their long-pointed boards and, with
a grace that never falls to win the
admiration of any spectator who may
happen to witness the daring per
formance, stand upright upon the
flimsy footings and guide them
through the raging sea to the stiller
waters that border the shore.
It is one of the most exhilarating
and fascinating sports in the world.
The average Hawaiian is a 'natural
water dog. Almost the first thing a
voyager from the United States sees
when Uie steamship enters the .har
bor is a horde jqI native hoys disports
ing themselves in the deep water c'

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