In a little shack behind his house, Kai Lenny keeps every sort of toy imaginable for riding any kind of water: kite boards, surfboards, SUPs, windsurf setups, there might have even been a snowboard buried back in the corner somewhere. But my gaze was too captivated by all the other colorful toys filling his well-organized mini-garage.
Kai’s athletic prowess is well-documented. But his earnestness isn’t. The guy is just cool. Easy to be around, and he cares for others. I was writing a profile on him a few years back and got to hang with him and his family. He legitimately loves being around them. Loves helping the kids in Paia, where he grew up, and embraces his role as the next mainstream, waterman hero. With little pretense. He doesn’t really operate like a burnt-out, cynical surfer (check out his recent slogging away on the QS tour as an example).