Fred Hemmings, Courtesy of World Champions of Surfing

Fred Hemmings, Courtesy of World Champions of Surfing

BY TOM BAUER – Legendary surfer Senator Fred Hemmings will be speaking on “The History of Surfing” in Wahiawa on Tuesday, November 16 from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. This presentation will be hosted by Surfing the Nations at the nonprofit’s international headquarters, 67 South Kamehameha Hwy, in Wahiawa. FREE to the public. All welcome!

Fred Hemmings, a Hawaii State Senator retiring in 2011, is known as a world class surfer and expert waterman. Beginning in the 1960″s, he won the Makaha International Surfing Championships four times, the Peruvian International Surfing Championships in 1964, and the World Surfing Championship title in 1968 in Puerto Rico. He attended Punahou School where he is an inductee in the Punahou School Athletic Hall of Fame. In 1991, Senator Hemmings was inducted into the International Surfing Hall of Fame, and in 1999 the Hawaii State Sport Hall of Fame. He also was recently inducted into the Hawaii Waterman Hall of Fame.

In 1976, with Randy Rarick, he founded International Professional Surfing (IPS), the first world pro organization with a circuit of events making possible the productive growth of surfing worldwide. Surfing’s ultimate professional showdown founded by Senator Hemmings, The Triple Crown, will be held November 12 to December 20, 2010 on Oahu’s North Shore.

In 2000, he won a Hawaii State Senate seat, and has served as the Republican leader since 2002.  Senator Hemmings was instrumental in the establishment of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands National Monument, the largest protected area of any kind in the country and the world’s largest marine refuge.  Senator Hemmings is retiring from politics this year and can truly be described as a “surfer giving back”

Surfing The Nations, a non-profit, international  humanitarian organization that seeks to give communities, both locally and internationally, a message of love and hope through the sport of surfing and acts of selfless service. They live by the motto of “surfers giving back,” and their desire is to see lives changed.

For more information call the Surfing The Nations office: (808) 622-6234 or log onto www.surfingthenations.com

Tom Bauer is the Founder/Director for Surfing The Nations

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