Excelling at one sport is difficult. Two: very rare. Three? Well, that’s worthy of some Adrenalist coverage.
In the world of extreme water sports, where so much more is governed by singular physical ability than team dynamics (ain’t no one to pass the ball to when a thirty-foot swell is curling over your head), a triple threat is something special. Especially if that threat is named Kai Lenny, the Hawaiian Waterman.
As a surfer, windsurfer and kitesurfer, Lenny burst onto the scene in 2005 when he won his division in the Aloha Wave Classic kite-surfing competition. Since, he’s snagged bundles of other pro titles and garnered sponsorship deals with brands like First Hawaiian Bank, Naish Sales and Boards, Oxbow and Red Bull Energy Drink. And he’s only 20-years-old.
That Lenny is an extraordinary and versatile talent is undeniable, but what caught our eye was his windsurfing. Though we’re a little embarrassed to say it, the sport never really registered at the top of our extreme radar. Frankly, mention of the word made us think more the 2:00 pm Sunday slot on a Club Med’s couple’s retreat weekend than a nail-biting traverse into mini-tsunamis. Once we saw video of Kai, we knew we had to give it more due.
So, thanks Kai. To show our appreciation, we’ll buy you a drink on your 21st birthday, okay? Just don’t talk so much about being awesome at three different sports. You’ll embarrass us in front of our girlfriends.