Just three years and a day after the surfing community lost Andy Irons, it lost another son, Buttons Kaluhiokalani.
Buttons defined the extreme end of the surfing performance curve in the 1970s, and he also became one of the more prominent victims of the extremely damaging drug culture that ravaged the Hawaiian surf scene in the 80s.
Still, his impact on surfing reverberates to this day. This duality plays out over and over and it's often hard to reconcile the two, but Buttons helped pioneer many of the maneuvers that went on to form the basis for what we now call high performance surfing, and he did so on tiny single fins. We remember him, and we encourage you to write your memories in the comments below.
http://www.youtube.com/user/hotbuttons Buttons Personal Vlog http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijIDEULGJu8 Footage courtesy of Gary Capo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2X0ybabB6e8 The Future Of Surfing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_Ijpe-mP6k Let's Go Surfing! Buttons Surf School
Director: Ted Endo
Producer: Ted Endo
Athletes: Buttons Kaluhiokalani
Remembering Buttons Kaluhiokalani | EpicTV Surf Report, Ep. 83
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