Racing with Aloha: An Inspiring Journey from Humble Barefoot Maui Boy to Champion in the Water

Racing with Aloha: An Inspiring Journey from Humble Barefoot Maui Boy to Champion in the Water

by Fred Haywood


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RACING 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631953712
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publication date: 08/24/2021
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 322,008
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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.

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