Rell Sunn – Surfing Keeps You Young

In this video, Rell Sunn shares her tips for surfing to keep you young. Rell is a legendary surfer who knows something about the healthiness and happiness that comes from surfing. She was a role model to many of us on how to live that stoke-filled, happy and generous life. Rest in Paradise, Auntie Rell.

If you’re looking for a fun and healthy way to spend your day, then be sure to check out this inspirational surf talk with Rell Sunn. Her simple lesson- GET OUT THERE AND HAVE FUN!

Surfer, Rell Kapolioka’ehukai Sunn (July 31, 1950, Hawaii – January 2, 1998, Makaha, Oahu, Hawaii). Known as “Queen of Makaha” and “Aunty Rell”, she was a pioneer in women’s surfing.

“The pure pleasure of Surfing, it’s the one thing that keeps the gleam in your eye and the bounce in your step and your heart with wings on it.” -Rell Sunn.

Rell Kapolioka’ehukai Sunn, her middle name, which means “the heart of the sea,” was given to her by her grandmother. Legally born Roella, a combination of her parents’ names—Roen and Elbert—Sunn disliked it, eventually changing it legally to Rell. Sunn’s father was a beach boy, and she began surfing at 4.

She was Hawaii’s first female lifeguard. In 1966, she accompanied Duke Kahanamoku on a trip to California to attend a world championship and began travelling worldwide to compete professionally. With Mary Setterholm, Jericho Poppler, and MaryLou Drummy, Sunn co-founded the Women’s International Surfing Association (WISA) in 1975, the first women’s pro circuit. In 1979, she, along with Jericho Poppler, Lynne Boyer, Margo Oberg, Cherie Gross, Linda Davoli, Debbie Beacham, Becky Benson and Brenda Scott, formed Women’s Pro Surfing (WPS). In 1982, Sunn ranked number one in the world on a longboard.

In 1995 she married Dave Parmenter, pro surfer and prolific board shaper.

In August 1996, she was inducted into the Surfing Walk of Fame as that year’s Woman of the Year; the Walk is in Huntington Beach, California.

Producer, Camera and Editor- Chris Rust
Writer and Narrator- Ron Mizutani

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