“I’m really proud to have some Hawaiian blood, so I feel connected to the people here and the waters,” said Moore, sitting in front of a cafe in Honolulu one afternoon.
As early as 2019, Moore competed in an event in Japan, led by the International Surf Association.
“I was completely wrapped in the Hawaiian flag, but we were wearing American shirts,” Moore said. “I felt like I was handing over Hawaii. It was strange.
Sebastian Zietz, a veteran professional surfer, competes under the Hawaiian flag. He was born in Florida but moved to Hawaii when he was four months old.
Hawaii’s Gift to the World
The Honolulu Bishops’ Museum is the country’s main natural and cultural museum. At the end of 2019, he presented a surfing exhibition planned for the Olympic Games (and extended until 2021 due to the pandemic). The collection includes the oldest known surfboards used by kings and queens, and those used more by Florence and Moore, royalty of a new kind.
This was another not-so-subtle reminder, both for locals and tourists, that surfing did not originate in California, which declared it its state sport, or Australia or Brazil, both of which sometimes dominated surfing competitions.
Surfing continued only through the decline and conquest of Hawaii in the 1800s. The colonizers saw it as an entertainment activity indicative of poor work ethic. But at the turn of the century, photography and travel helped spread surfing around the world, rejuvenating it.