An Inspiring Journey from Humble Barefoot Maui Boy to Champion in the Water
Enchants anyone who loves or longs for the timeless mystique of the Hawaiian Islands
Readers delight in the story of a youth who swam with sharks
Features forewords by legends Mark Spitz and Laird Hamilton
Features a special acknowledgment by Kai Lenny, the youngest, most popular star on the water today
Introduces the world to windsurfing and puts Maui on the map
Fred Haywood: Fred Haywood swam with Mark Spitz, surfed with Gerry Lopez, and pioneered the sport of windsurfing with Laird Hamilton. Legendary Santa Clara swim team coach George Haines coached him to a national championship at seventeen. Fred was a silver medalist backstroker at the 1967 Pan American Games and became a multiple NCAA and American record holder. Fred continued his winning ways when, in 1983, he broke the world speed record in Weymouth, England and became the fastest windsurfer in the world, a record he held for two years. He was featured in major international news outlets including Life magazine for surfing “the biggest wave in the world” at Ho’okipa on the north shore of Maui. For nearly a decade, countless water sports enthusiasts followed his career. At the age of forty, Fred gave up his professional sports career to raise a family and sell real estate on his beloved Maui where he resides. He is now one of the most successful realtors on the island and a popular teacher for realtors around the country.