Recently inducted into the Hawai’i Watermen’s Hall of Fame, fifth-generation Lahaina resident and Lahainaluna graduate Archie Kalepa is one of Hawai’i’s greatest ocean sports pioneers. A legendary big-wave surfer, Archie is one of a handful of men able to tow surf the enormous waves that break on Maui’s north shore. He’s also a leader in the development of innovative safety equipment and rescue techniques using Jet Skis and water sleds. Archie is a key player in the push to modernize and innovate stand-up paddling, and is dedicated to resurrecting interest in the traditional Hawaiian sport of canoe surfing.
Recorded at TEDxMaui 2013, held on January 13, 2013 at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.