19: Dane Kealoha Defies The ASP's Ban On Competing At Pipeline Masters And Wins
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19: Dane Kealoha Defies The ASP's Ban On Competing At Pipeline Masters And Wins

It's hard to imagine this, but just try. Try to imagine being the greatest Hawaiian surfer of your generation, being told by a bunch of haoles that you weren't allowed to surf your home events.

You'd surf, right?

Dane Kealoha did. So did others, but they weren't Dane. This was a world champion in waiting, placed in an impossible situation. Give up your pride because of pro surfing politics, or surf.

He surfed. It wasn't a great Pipeline day, maybe six feet with an early onshore seabreeze, but it was Pipe, and Dane won.

The others paid their fines. Dane refused to. A point of principle.

He never competed in a tour event again. But he's still a Pipe Master.

 

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