Extreme surfing legends paddle, bike across islands

Legendary watermen Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama begin their trans-Hawai‘i journey today from the southern most tip of the Big Island.

The pair will paddle surf, canoe and bicycle the 500-mile journey, finishing Tuesday on the North Shore of Kaua‘i, all to help fund “Beautiful Son,” a nonprofit film from cinematographer Don King about his autistic son.

“With Don’s film nearing completion, Dave and I wanted to raise the community’s awareness of autism and the need for us to keep working towards a cure,” Hamilton said in a press release.

“Don has filmed Laird and I in some pretty treacherous situations,” Kalama said in the release. “This is going to be the hardest physical challenge I have ever done, but I am inspired.”

In May, Hamilton biked and paddle-surfed from London to Paris in less than two days.

Hamilton is expected to paddle from O‘ahu to Kaua‘i Sunday, with Kalama arriving the following day.

To donate, or for more information, visit www.beautifulson.com.

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