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Dr. Richard W. Grigg is an Emeritus Professor of Oceanography at the University of Hawaii where he is internationally known for his research on the ecology and paleoceanography of reef building corals in Hawaii and the Pacific at large. His research on the history of the Hawaiian Archipelago and the Darwin Point, which explains why islands drown at the northwestern end of the Hawaiian Islands, is considered a milestone in the field. A full description of this work can be found in his latest book, In the Beginning, Archipelago, the Origin and Description of the Hawaiian Islands, published in 2012.
Richard Grigg is also known as the leading authority in the world on precious coral ecology.He has published over 50 scientific papers on this subject alone and has been active in this field of research for over 40 years. Early in his career, Dr. Grigg was an aquanaut in the US Navy Project Sealab II and spent 15 days living under the sea at a depth of 205 feet. Dr.Grigg was recently awarded the National Academy of Underwater Arts and Science’s Lifetime Achievement Award for underwater Research.
Dr. Grigg, also known as Ricky Grigg, was a pioneer of big wave surfing in Hawaii in the 1950’s and 60’s and has published several popular books on surfing including “Big surf, Deep Dives and the Islands”, “Surf Science” and “Surfer in Hawaii”. In 1967, Rick won the International Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Contest at Sunset Beach, Hawaii in 18 foot surf. At the time, the ‘Duke’ was considered the World Championship for big surf.