The Dukes

Named after legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968), the Swanny Dukes is a club open to all Active Members of Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club.

We promote knowledge and awareness of all oceanic endeavours spanning a range of craft and activities. The main objective is to get the most fun out of every session in the water.

We aim to give Members, from beginner to advanced, total awareness and mastery in all oceanic endeavours, whilst encouraging a fun and active outlook to water activities throughout the year, especially in the winter months.

Objectives

Swanbourne Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club has always coupled its life saving duties with a love of wave riding and open water fitness. The Swanny Dukes aim to give Members total awareness and mastery in all oceanic endeavours.

 

The WatermanBoasting total mastery of all oceanic endeavors, the revered waterman can fish, dive, surf, windsurf, kayak, bodysurf, interpret complex weather data or save the odd drowning person.

 

The Swanny Dukes will aim to strengthen SNSLSC’s ties within its own member group and entice new members to join and participate. The Swanny Dukes will raise money to put towards a variety of alternative surf riding equipment, such as SUP boards, as well as trips and events that are available to Duke members. The Dukes will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of these craft.

The Swanny Dukes Invitational

The Swanny Dukes Invitational Board Riding Competition – known as the Dukes Invitational – is a board riding tournament held at Swanbourne Beach anywhere between Doggies Reef at the foot of Grant Street and the Block House, 2.7km north of the Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC Patrol Tower. The event and its associated Club has been named after famed waterman Duke Kahanamoku.

Created in 2013, the Dukes Invitational is unique in that ocean swells need to reach a height deemed surfable on a weekend before the competition can be held.

Each year, financial members of the Dukes are invited to participate in the Opening Ceremony on the first Sunday of April. The competition holding period is between April 1st and the last day of October annually. Each day, surf conditions, ocean swells, and weather forecasts are monitored by Swanny’s most knowledgeable Experts, Legends, Meteorologists and Oceanographers, hereafter known as ELMO – along with the Contest Director that is selected at the Opening Ceremony. The Contest Director makes the decision as to whether to run the Dukes Invitational if the conditions are right.

ELMO

Should the Dukes Invitational be called on for a morning, there will be an Official Call during the competition window, during which the participants have a 12 hour window to check in before the morning of the Dukes Invitational. Check in can take place via any means the Contest Director deems appropriate (for example facebook, SMS, email).

Participants will compete in a minimum of two 30 minute rounds – in the case of an infrequent swell the round duration may be extended at the discretion of the Contest Director. The competition window is generally from 07:00am to 5:00pm.

Up to six  competitors can be in any one round, there is no limit to the number of waves caught, though only two of the competitor’s highest scores will be counted from any one round. Their four best scoring waves over two rounds will make up their total score.

A panel of judges will be engaged on the day of the Dukes Invitational to give scores.

Judges analyze the following major elements when scoring waves:

  • Commitment and Degree of Difficulty
  • Innovative and Progressive Manoeuvres
  • Combination of Major Manoeuvres
  • Variety of Manoeuvres
  • Speed, Power and Flow

 

Scale Utilized:

[ 0.0 – 1.9: Poor ]  [ 2.0 – 3.9: Fair ]  [ 4.0 – 5.9: Average ]  [ 6.0 – 7.9: Good ]   [ 8.0 – 10.0: Excellent ]

Participants are not allowed to use personal watercraft to tow themselves into the waves; they must paddle out into the waves entirely under their own power.

Participants are allowed to use a variety of paddle craft including malibus, racing mals, paddle boards, shortboards. The Contest Director has final say on what craft can be used. Rescue boards shall not be used. A competitor who breaks or damages a Swanbourne Nedlands SLSC craft shall be disqualified and sent the bill for cost of repairs.

Trophies are awarded for the following:

§  Best Overall Male

§  Best Overall Female

§  The Coveted Sweet Swanny Tube Award

§  Biggest Wave

§  Biggest Wipeout

If the minimum conditions are not met during the competition holding period, the Dukes Invitational is not held that year, and the process repeats itself the following April.

Swanny Bay calls the day!

History

Duke Kahanamoku c1912.jpg

Duke Kahanamoku c. 1912
Personal information
Full nameDuke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku
Nickname(s)“The Duke,” “The Big Kahuna”
National team United States
BornAugust 24, 1890
Haleʻākala, Honolulu, Kingdom of Hawaii
DiedJanuary 22, 1968 (aged 77)
Honolulu, Hawaii[1]
Height6.1 ft (190 cm)[1][2]
Weight190 lb (86 kg)[1]
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle
ClubWaikiki Beach Boys

 

A Duke is: A duke (male) or duchess (female) can either be a monarch ruling over a duchy or a member of the nobility, historically of highest rank below the monarch.

In our case the dukes will look like  The Duke: Duke Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku (August 24, 1890 – January 22, 1968) was an American competition swimmer who was also known as an actor, lawman, early beach volleyball player and businessman credited with spreading the sport of surfing.[1] Kahanamoku was a five-time Olympic medallist in swimming. and Watermen: The term has evolved to mean one who takes part in activities which involve water, including wave riding, wind or motor assisted sports, diving and fishing. A waterman is also skilled in interpreting weather and tide information to decide the best water activity for the conditions. Often also skilled in water rescue and lifeguarding techniques. Wave riding sports include swimming, surfing, kayaking, and bodysurfing. In surfing terminology, “waterman” refers to a versatile athlete who can engage in various forms of water sports depending on conditions.[1] One early person given this title was Duke Kahanamoku.[2] 

The WatermanBoasting total mastery of all oceanic endeavors, the revered waterman can fish, dive, surf, windsurf, kayak, bodysurf, interpret complex weather data or save the odd drowning person.

The Swanny Dukes will aim to strengthen SNSLSC’s ties within its own member group and entice new members to join and participate. The Swanny Dukes will raise money to put towards a variety of alternative surf riding equipment, such as SUP boards, as well as trips and events that are available to Duke members. The Dukes will be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of these craft.

Dukes News

2108, 2016

Dukes Events for 2016

By | August 21st, 2016|Categories: Swanny Dukes|

Perth surf and fishing trips to where it’s breaking/biting. Notification via social media. Autumn Gracetown Weekender. To invite members down to Gracetown to stay in the bay. A variety of breaks that can be surfed for all age groups. Proficiency Camp An annual event from the Swanny’s past. It’ll be [...]