In a world which is often slow-moving and even stagnant, there are always sectors and individuals who buck the trends. In this episode of The Portal, Eric sits down with his favorite surfing hero Kai Lenny who is pioneering a new approach to big wave surfing. By availing himself of the latest technology and dedicating his life to innovation and discipline, all-around waterman Kai Lenny is redefining what is possible with boards and waves. Whether it is kite surfing, hydrofoils, paddle boards or towing into monster waves, Kai is not only riding, but playing in the biggest surfable waves as if they were up to an order of magnitude smaller. Eric attempts to understand Kai's approach to innovation and how he can be so carefree and seemingly casual when he is always flirting with death within some of the most powerful structures and forces nature can through at a single individual from Jaws in Maui to Nazaré in Portugal.Please Subscribe to the Podcast wherever you listen to The Portal and make sure to check out our YouTube channel and click the bell icon to be notified when our next episodes appear! Hope you enjoy this. Our SponsorsAthletic Greens - Get 20 FREE travel packs valued at $79 with your first purchase AthleticGreens.com/portalTheragun - Try Theragun risk-free for 30 days or your money back Theragun.com/portalWine Access - Get $100 off your first purchase of $250 or more WineAccess.com/portalClear - Get your first two months of CLEAR for FREE at Clearme.com/portal
Kai Lenny is a 24-year-old superstar in nearly every water sport you could name. He’s a seven-time stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP) world champion, two-time kitesurfing world champion, and a multi-award-winning big wave surfer, tow-in surfer, windsurfer, and hydrofoiler. As Kai and Andy talk at length today, you’ll learn more than the mere distinctions between each water sport, but the mental challenges and style integral to a world champion’s success. Growing up in Maui, Hawaii, with parents who shared his adoration for both the water and athleticism, Kai and his younger brother found themselves at the beach as often as possible. Kai’s lifelong obsession with the ocean has come to the point where, no matter where he travels in the world, he finds a way to surf in some fashion—even if that means finding rapids to ride in Montana. As Kai’s technical skills came to match his passion, he’s practiced the “silent art” of separating himself from a crowd and bringing his individual take to the water. With critical surfing mentors like Kelly Slater and Robby Naish playing a significant role in his life, Kai has learned to thrive on pressure and find a level-headed calm in even the most thrilling moments of his career. In his conversation with Andy today, Kai reveals why each water sport he pursues is far more of a lifestyle and purpose-driven endeavor than it is a traditional sport, and the reasons why he could never train and perform at his expert level without his avid team of sponsors, supporters, mentors and family members alongside him. Links Facebook Instagram Twitter Wikipedia Kai Lenny on YouTube World Surf League Kai Lenny - Red Bull Also mentioned Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi
Kai with his a few boards from his quiver.
This week Nick chats with three time World Champion stand up paddler Kai Lenny.
Kai is a down to earth guy despite growing up at the centre of the surfing world at his home in Hawaii. All the greats, Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama and Robby Naish would stop by his house on a Friday for a barbecue with his dad. One day (when he was 16 years old) they invited him to foil surf at Jaws.
He’s paddled Molokai seven times, won three stand up paddle world titles, surfed Jaws when it’s huge and is right up there with the best, at whatever water sport he is taking part in.
Kai talks about his training, his mentors and the attention given to his confrontation with Connor Baxter at the BOP 2014
The wonderful thing about talking with Kai Lenny is that he is clearly grateful for what he has achieved and is proud to share the love of his sport with whoever he meets. It’s also great to see him taking time out to meeting and inspire the local kids wherever he paddles.
Kai Lenny has created the Positively Kai Foundation which promotes ocean safety and youth development education. It’s a great commitment to the community with an objective to set up training clinics to introduce kids to water sports wherever they are.
The chat ended early due to some Skype problems, but we hope you’ll enjoy listening to one of the sport’s top talents, because we really enjoyed talking to him
Listen to Kai Lenny
Kai Lenny video
We talked briefly about his time surfing Jaws. This video takes you with him as he glides down the face of one of the world’s most powerful forces.
Kai Lenny photos
Kai Lenny Notes and Resources
Positively Kai his own site and foundation : http://www.positivelykai.com/
Kai Lenny on Twitter https://twitter.com/Kai_Lenny/
Kai’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kai.lenny
Kai Lenny’s YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/kaiwatermanlenny/videos
Team Rider for Naish http://www.naishsurfing.com/kai-lenny/
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