Montgomery “Buttons” Kaluhiokalani, one of surfing’s strongest personalities and innovators, has been diagnosed with lung cancer. With medical bills stacking up, friends of Buttons have reached out to the surf community to raise money. To make a donation or send a message of support, click here.
Revered for his smooth yet eccentric style, Buttons set new standards for progressive surfing from the mid-1970s on. The spontaneity of his skateboard-inspired moves took the surf world by storm despite his difficulty adapting to the contest format. Buttons disappeared from the surf scene in the mid-1980s due a battle with drug addiction before resurfacing in the mid-1990s. Buttons’ resurgence has seen highs and lows, but as of late, he has been running a surf school on the North Shore and served as an advocate against drug use at local schools.