Racing with Aloha: An Inspiring Journey from Humble Barefoot Maui Boy to Champion in the Water
DescriptionRACING WITH ALOHA is part adventure tale, part spiritual memoir, enchanting anyone who loves the water, who longs for the timeless mystique of the Hawaiian Islands, and who relishes the idea that life can unfold effortlessly and exactly as it should.
No one knows who first put a sail on a surfboard, but everyone would agree that Fred Haywood pioneered the sport of windsurfing. Few know he is also an Olympic contender who swam a record-breaking backstroke alongside his friend Mark Spitz. Before he discovered speed sailing, he surfed with the likes of Gerry Lopez, exploring exotic undiscovered surf spots around the world. Only his friends know how growing up on the island of Maui influenced him to carry his success with humility and generosity, stressing camaraderie over competition and preferring fun over fanfare.
RACING WITH ALOHA weaves throughout the inspiration Fred Haywood's dad instilled in him, which blended a pervasive commitment to accomplishment with a liberating attitude that all is well, all the time. Fred embodied his father's lessons to become a professionally successful, easygoing, sincerely humble man who is respected and beloved by all--friends and competitors alike.
RACING WITH ALOHA is a delightful story that will enchant anyone who loves or longs for the timeless mystique of the Hawaiian Islands. Young readers will delight in the story of a youth who swam with sharks--by accident, of course--and who was as surprised as his coach and teammates to find himself featured in Sports Illustrated magazine. Water aficionados will long for the days of surfing undiscovered beaches. And the countless windsurfing enthusiasts who trekked to Maui in the 1980s, following in Fred's wake, will relish the memories he shares of windsurfing Ho'okipa, the legendary beach still boasting some of the biggest waves in the world.
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From being one of the best swimmers on the planet to becoming the fastest man on a windsurfer and so much more, I am honored to know someone as humble and inspiring as Fred Haywood. - Kai Lenny
I have a single, enduring image of Fred--a man smiling broadly, ready for what storms may come. In my mind, he is always carrying on toward some new and wondrous place just beyond the horizon for that last biggest wave to ride, the last fastest windsurfing run, or the last swim meet we swam in together. - Mark Spitz
The author draws a rich and detailed portrait of Maui, capturing an island developing quickly amid the swirls of change in the latter half of the 20th century. His writing on water sports is compelling and vivid with action. From start to finish, his affection for Maui shines through: "I will always come home to Maui because Maui will always be home." - Kirkus Reviews