Hawaiian set the standard for radical skate-inspired surfing in the 1970s
The Surfing World and Hawaii lose a legend. 2 November, 2013 : Over the clicking of a celluloid reel, a stiff narrator says about Montgomery “Buttons” Kaluhiokalani "Sometimes his surfing is so radical, it makes him look like a wizard casting spells over the waves." Today at age 55 Buttons passed as a result of complications related to lung cancer.
In the 1970s Buttons, along with Mark Liddell and Larry Bertlemann took the shortboard revolution to the next level with radical skate-inspired maneuvers. Buttons polished his act with switch-stance off-the-lips, 360s and laybacks - moves that were incredibly futuristic at the time.