American Masters

Overcoming the distinct challenge of indoor swimming

Clip: 05/10/2022 | 2m 27s  | Video has closed captioning.

After smashing the Amateur Athletic Union's world record in 1911, Duke Kahanamoku was brought from Hawaii to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to prove his talents in another race. But Duke found his mind and body shocked by his first time swimming in an indoor pool. Though he lost this race, he would go on to win many more. "The building blocks of a waterman is humility," says surfer Laird Hamilton.

Aired: 05/10/22

Rating: NR

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