Thank you for listening to Eat.Laugh.sail, this is episode 018. My guest this episode is Joey Cabell, owner of Chart House Waikiki. We sat down and talked about Joeys history with surfing, sailing, Chart House, and even fighting a bull in slippas and an aloha shirt!
The way this whole episode came about is really special to me. Through sailing and this podcast I have made some great friends who are all over the world!
Here is the list of accomplishments sent to me before our interview. Quite impressive!
Joey Cabell: Legacy of a Champion
“…the ocean runs deep in my veins.”
Born on December 10th 1938, Joey Cabell embodies the Renaissance man.
• Growing up in Waikiki, Joey took up surfing at age 7.
• By age 15, he was recognized as the undisputed King of Queens; “The Queens”
surf break in Waikiki, that is.
• By mid 1958, Joey was the hottest young surfing stylist in the world. His
contributions, specifically in speed surfing, are still widely recognized today.
• In the early 1960s, Cabell began to surf competitively. He went on to be the most
successful surf competitor of the decade; surfing in California, Hawaii, Australia,
Peru, Puerto Rico, and South Africa.
o In 1963 Joey won the senior Men’s title in the 11th annual Mahaka
International Surfing Championship (for the first time.)
o Additionally that year Joey was the champion of the Malibu Invitational.
o From 1963-64, Cabell competed and won in Laguna Beach as well as a
world contest in Ocean Beach two consecutive years.
o Joey placed 3rd at the Australian World Contest in 1964.
o Joey won the Big Wave Division of the 1968 Peru International
competition as part of the Hawaiin surf team.
o Later that year he went on to win the Mahaka Invitational for an
unprecedented 3rd time.
o In 1969 Joey championed the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational, as well as
the Peruvian National Surf Contest for a 2nd time.
• Since 1965, Joey has been one of the living legends of Duke Kahanamoku Surf
• Alongside Fred Hemmings and Paul Strauch, Cabell has traveled the world
representing the most famous Hawaiian surf team. The Duke Kahanamoku
legends have been spreading their passion for surf and their aloha spirit across
the mainland and internationally for years, as recently as May 2017.
• In 2015 Joey was one of four notable kama’aina inducted into the Hawaiian
Waterman Hall of Fame.
• His name was permanently etched once more in 2016 when he was inducted
into the Huntington Beach Surf Walk of Fame.
• Joey sparked a passion for skiing in 1957, and in 1960 he ventured out to Utah to
hone in on his skills.
• At the height of his successful surfing career, Cabell simultaneously made
‘waves’ in professional skiing.
• In the winters of 1963-64 Joey competed in the downhill skiing championships
in Aspen, where he won class C and B, making him eligible for class A
• In 1973 Cabell traveled to Europe to take an extraordinarily difficult and
dangerous trek across the Alps known as the Haute Route.
• His ability to create using his own hands combined with his passion for the
ocean lead Joey to design and build a 43-foot catamaran, the “Hokulea” with Joe
Quigg in 1974.
o Shortly thereafter, Cabell sailed The Hokulea to Tahiti in a recordbreaking 9.5 days, earning him headlines around the world.
Canoeing, Paddleboarding, Windsurfing, & Sportfishing:
• Joey’s skills in the water are not limited to surf and swim. He is and was an avid
canoe rider and windsurfer.
• Cabell is 2X winner of the Lana’I to Lahaina, Maui paddleboard competition.
• On July 13th, 1990 broke the Hawaiin state record for largest lowfin (Ahi) tuna,
weighing in at 325lbs; a record that still stands today.
Joey not only championed the sea, he took on the elements of the land in the
same extreme fashion.
• After winning the Peruvian National Surf Contest in the winter of 1968, Cabell
fearlessly fought a bull in Lima, Peru.
• Joey’s surf skills were featured in several of Bruce Brown’s legendary films as
early as 1959 such as “Locked In,” “Surf Crazy,” “Waterlogged,” “Surfing Hollow
Days,” and “Barefoot Adventure.”
• Joey made his last on-screen appearance in the 1974 Larry Yates film “The
Forgotten Island of Santosha.”
And last but certainly not least, The Chart House & Beyond:
• On July 4th 1961, The Chart House first opened its doors as a single location in
Aspen Colorado as a joint business venture with Buzzy Bent. Literally overnight,
business and acclaim for this seafood-steakhouse grew.
• As demand increased, the second Chart House location was born in Newport
• Cabell opened the most iconic location of the Chart House, and the only staple
site to remain in its original location 1968 in Waikiki.
o Joey is the sole owner of this essential spot, overlooking the Waikiki
o The Chart House Waikiki will be celebrating its landmark 50-year
anniversary next year in 2018.
• Today, Joey’s wife, Yana Cabell, is essential to maintaining the spirit and style of
The Chart House.
o As the head of Public Relations, Yana is responsible for spearheading the
50th anniversary as well as reinventing staff uniforms, public
merchandise, and the ever-evolving Chart House logo.
• In true Cabell fashion, Joey and The Chart House were inducted into the Hawaii
Restaurant Association’s Hall of Fame in 2014.
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