Legendary Surfer Dane Kealoha Cause of Death, Age, Bio, Wiki,
Dane Kealoha, a surfing legend and pioneer of the sport, has died. He was 64. The news was confirmed by his family members, reporting that “he passed away peacefully after battling cancer.” His family told local media that he died peacefully after fighting the good fight.
Shaun Tomson wrote on his social media page that he was unwell and fighting in hospital.
Cause of death
Dane Kealoha, a pioneering surf icon with a distinctive stance, passed away on Wednesday, his family confirmed. Family members said he passed away peacefully after battling cancer. He is survived by his mother, two brothers, four sons, three daughters, and two grandchildren.
The pig-dog-pioneering power surfer from Honolulu battled cancer till the very end.
“When I first met Dane back in 1976, he immediately became one of my favorite surfers – absolute raw power and foot-to-the-floor attitude. No close-together ballerina feet softness, but a powerful and beautiful classically pure Hawaiian style, charting back to the great Eddie Aikau.
“Dane was on the cutting edge of progression – inventing the backside pig dog technique at Pipe and winning the Masters in 1983, and carving up Backdoor and Sunset with creativity and ferocity.
“He was a truly gifted tube-rider, attacking the spinning tunnels with machismo, commitment, and an attacking rhythm like a Hawaiian warrior going into battle.” Kealoha’s tube riding innovation is often mentioned when describing the Hawaiian surfer’s impact on the sport. Like, as Tomson wrote, the pigdog stance at Pipeline. Look at any surfer today going backside at Pipe – or any tube wave, really – and they’re all doing it.
Dane Kealoha and his career Journey
Among his many accolades, Kealoha was best known for developing the “pig-dog style in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, a distinctive surfing style that became his signature stance. This technique allowed him to ride deep inside the tube of the wave while maintaining balance and stability.
Kealoha grew up surfing on the world-famous shores of Waikiki, showcasing his natural talent. He even secured surfing titles at the young age of 15. During the peak of his surfing career in 1983, Kealoha embarked on a global surfing tour. That year, he triumphed at the Duke, claiming first place after already securing the championship trophy at the Pipeline Masters earlier in the same month. Kealoha also had a significant partnership with Quicksilver, where he managed a store in Ward Village and opened two Roxy stores in Oahu and Maui. He also established a surf school at the Hyatt Regency in Waikiki.
“Widely regarded as a legendary waterman, Dane’s legacy and surfing style continues to inspire many young and aspiring surfers, including notable figures such as Sunny Garcia and Johnny Boy Gomez,” his family said.