The Hawaiian has tamed waves, wind and water ever since he was a kid.
To say that Kai Lenny was destined to become a waterman is an understatement. Sure, his name, Kai, literally means 'sea' in Hawaiian, but he's gone on to prove himself as one of the greatest watermen the world has ever known.
The son of California transplants – both of whom moved to the North Shore of Maui to surf and windsurf – Kai has tamed waves, wind and water since he was just a boy, catching his very first wave at four years old, a vivid sensation he admits that he’ s been chasing to replicate his entire life. Before said-milestone, his parents would leave him in a baby bounce swing tied to a tree branch while they windsurfed near shore.
But by six, Kai was windsurfing on his own and entering prone paddle board races (he’s currently a four-time Molokai-2-Oahu Championships winner and world record holder). By seven, he was stand-up paddle surfing and is currently an eight-time world champion in that particular discipline. By nine, he was kitesurfing, a sport in which he finished second-overall during the 2013 world championships.
Shortly after that he began tow-in surfing in large waves and then foiling under the tutelage of tow-in godfathers, Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton. His ascent in the sport has been nothing short of meteoric. He was WSL world runner-up on 2017/18 Big Wave World Tour and won the WSL Big Wave Award for Men's Best Overall Performance in 2019 and 2020.
In 2019 he became the youngest person ever inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and in early 2020, he placed first (with tow partner Lucas Chumbo) in the terrifyingly giant Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge. Kai also ended up winning the Men’s cbd MD XXL Biggest Wave Award in 2020 for his 70-foot wave ridden at that very break.
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