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Keahi de Aboitiz
- Sunshine Coast, Australia
- Sunny Coast, Australia
1st Australian National Titles Freestyle, 1st Australian National Titles Waves, 1st PKRA Wave world Tour 2011, 1st KSP World Tour 2012 and 2013
From a young age I've always loved everything about the ocean. Living in Noosa in Australia, I got into surfing when I was about 5. From then on I was really into water sports. It wasn't till I was about 11 that I started kiting. With the surf in Noosa getting extremely crowded, I felt like a bit of a change and with my dad teaching kiting, it was just a natural progression really. It didn't take me long before I was hooked on kiting and it was just what I needed to escape the ever increasing crowds surfing Noosa . In 2004 we went on a family trip to Hawaii where I learnt Pete Cabrinha is actually my fourth cousin. We spent a bit of time on Maui hanging out with him and he was nice enough to give me a couple of kites to bring home.
In 2006 the Australian rep for Cabrinha invited me down to compete in the 2006 Freestyle Nationals and see how I rode. At 13 years old this was a pretty big trip for me and I was stoked when I came away with 3rd place in the u18s. From then on i've been sponsored by Cabrinha and haven't looked back. In 2007 and 2008 I was able to take out the u18s and in 2009 I was able to win my first open National Freestyle title at 16.
I've always loved everything about kiting so I wasn't just focused on the freestyle. Being a surfer I always loved everything to do with the waves so it wasn't long before I took up that side of the sport as well. In 2008 I won my first u18s Junior title but it wasn't until 2011 that I won my first open title in the waves. This year I decided to do the surf side of the PKRA and after winning the first two events, hopefully I can take out the title this year. At the moment I'm a lot more focused on the waves and really enjoy pushing the strapless side of the sport. That being said, kiteboarding is my passion and I'm into all aspects of the sport. Hopefully I can continue along this path for years to come.
Not long now till I'm going to be in Brazil for the Surfin Semfim Endless dowinder through the North of Brazil. I'll be a guide along the delta route which a 340km assisted journey from Prea to Atins from the 23rd till the 28th of August. I can' wait to see what this coastline has to offer. I will also be doing a clinic back in Jericoacoara after the event. If you wan't to get involved check out their website at http://www.surfinsemfim.com.br or check their Instagram @surfinsemfim
Another quick clip from the last session. In my opinion, side onshore wind like this is one of the hardest wind directions to ride in as you are constantly outrunning the kite. This video really shows how well looping your kite can work in onshore conditions to keep yourself moving down the line. Give it a try your next session! @cabrinhakites @npsurf @goproau #gopro #goproau #goprooftheday #goprowars #thegoproshow #cabrinhakites #npsurf #grillmount
Such an epic end to an epic trip with the @eyeforce crew shooting for #chapteronemovie. Had a blast trading barrels with @patrim89, @jessetherichman and @robbynaishus1111 all afternoon yesterday. Here's a frame from one of the more perfect ones! @cabrinhakites @npsurf @goproau #cabrinhakites #npsurf #gopro #goprowars #goprooftheday #thegoproshow #grillmount #goproau
Pretty stoked to be on the cover of the latest @kiteworldmag with this epic shot from an insane session out at backdoor. It was very few and far between but when they came it was well worth it. I didn't get many but this one goes down as one of the best views I've ever witnessed on a kite! 📷 @john_bilderback @cabrinhakites @npsurf #cabrinhakites #npsurf #kiteworld
Throwback to a couple bombs at rock piles with all the kona winds we had at the start of the year. I barely made it out and back in because the holey and offshore wind but it was worth it in the end! Thanks @john_bilderback for always picking up the phone and coming to shoot sessions like this. It doesn't always work out but it's always nice when it pays off! @cabrinhakites @npsurf #cabrinhakites #npsurf
Well this trip has to go down as my worst travel journey ever. 64 hours ago I left Tarifa and finally now I'm aboard the last short leg to Fiji. 2 canceled flights and the extra 14 hour delay brisbane killed me but it will all be worth it soon. Fingers crossed for some waves like this again! See you guys soon! @cabrinhaquest @petecabrinha @eyeforce @showmeyourmouth
After another big day, the competition was completed and I'm stoked to walk away with 2nd place. Big congratulations to @airtoncozzolino who was on fire the whole event and took it out. It's pretty amazing to see how far strapless freestyle has come and the level at this event was pretty insane. Big thanks to everyone involved in putting this event on and looking forward to the next one! 📷 @tobybromwich @cabrinhakites @npsurf #Cabrinha #cabrinhakites #npsurf #tarifa #TarifaStraplessKitesurfingPRO #levante