Getting To Know: Kai Lenny

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Kai Lenny has tamed waves, wind and water since he was just a boy.

Kai Lenny is one of the world’s most complete watermen. Be it kiteboarding, windsurfing, stand-up paddleboarding, big wave surfing, or anything else in the water, Kai does it, and does it well. Growing up on the swell-rich northern shore of Maui as the son of ocean enthusiasts, he was surfing by the time he was five and was behind a kite before he was 10.

He’s had an impressive lineup of mentors: windsurfing legend Robby Naish and big wave veterans Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama have been some of Kai’s most dynamic teachers.

He’s done the gruelling 50km Molokai to Oahu paddle many times, was a veteran on the Professional Windsurfing Association World Wave Tour, has been runner-up at the Kite Surf Pro World Championships, and he’s won the SUP world title six times and counting. Yet through it all, he remains modest and humble. “All of my sports are surfing based,” says Kai. “My favourite thing in the world is riding a wave, so as long as I’m riding a wave, I’m happy.”

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