Maui Surf

VIDEO: Pe’ahi ‘Jaws’ Kai Lenny Interview

January 23, 2015, 7:58 PM HST
* Updated January 25, 1:29 PM
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Kai Lenny getting ready to hydrofoil when he was a grom. / Image: Tony Harrington

By Meteorologist Malika Dudley / Email: [email protected]

Kai Lenny was born and raised on Maui to parents that love the ocean as much as he does. Kai learned how to surf at the age of 4, windsurf at 6, stand up surf at 7 and kite surf at 9. His passion for big wave surfing also started at a very young age and he caught his very first Pe’ahi wave at the age of 16. We caught up with Kai after an all-day surf session at Pe’ahi “Jaws”. He welcomed us into his home to show us just what it takes to be a big wave surfer. We talk safety, equipment and about the rush. He also shares some crazy stories! There’s one wipeout in particular that had him out of the water for a month.

“I cut my foot in half… My foot was spread so much that when I held it up I could see the helicopter through it.”

Click “play” below to watch the full interview.

**This video interview was conducted on Wednesday 1/21/15 after Kai Lenny finished his first full-day session out at Pe’ahi “Jaws”.**


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Mahalo to Jimmie Hepp, John Patao, Tony Harrington Dooma Photos and Richard Hallman for their photo contributions.

Click here for photos from the 1/21/15 – 1/22/15 Pe’ahi “Jaws” swell. 

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Video/Edit: PJ Gomez

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