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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.
One more flight to go after a very long journey on the way to Tarifa for the 2015 Tarifa strapless kitesurfing pro. This is the second event of its kind so really looking forward to seeing how it plays out. I think we are going to see some crazy stuff from all the riders! #TarifaStraplessKitesurfingPRO
Stoked to announce I'm going be part of the endless surfing downwinder event as a guide from 23-28 August put together by @surfinsemfim. It's a 340km guided journey down the coast of Brazil being followed by support vehicles. If you're interested and want to be part of it, check out their Instagram above.
4/4. All the hard work is done and I made it over the foamball but right after this I ended up nose diving coming out of the barrel and bodysurfing out without my board. Still one of the craziest views I've ever witnessed and I'm going to remember it for a long time to come!📷 @tim_bonython @jpaustralia_sup @npsurf #teahupoo #chopes #tahiti #SapinusPro
2/4. You really never know what your going to get with this wave. I took off on what I thought was a somewhat mellow one but when it hits that west bowl everything changes. Here I'm doing my best to stay on top of the foamball and get through it. It's a pretty crazy sight when you watch the whole thing bend on you and all of a sudden your staring at the beach and the mountains. 📷 @tim_bonython @jpaustralia_sup @npsurf #tahiti #teahupoo #chopes #SapinusPro
Sadly my time in Tahiti has come to an end but the memories are going to last for a long time. Still in disbelief about some of the waves we scored and this trip goes down as one of the best ever for me. Big thanks to everyone who helped me out with places to stay, boat rides and everything else. This shot is from a medium size one during the big swell and gave me one of the craziest views I've ever witnessed. Thanks @tim_bonython for the frame. Shot 1/4. @jpaustralia_sup @npsurf #tahiti #teahupoo #chopes #SapinusPro
Unfortunately didn't quite get the result I hoped for here and couldn't get out of round 4 heat. That being said I can't complain with all the epic waves from the last week and I'm not going to forget this trip for a long time. Looking forward to checking out more of what Tahiti has to offer! 📷 Vince Dvert
Trying to get to the light at the end of the tunnel before the trials started yesterday. Can't believe how close I came to making this thing. I rode the foamball right to the end and then got bucked off and came out the end without my board. The main event kicks off today and I'm in heat 5. Hoping for some waves like this. Check @standupworldtour for updates. 📷 Vince Dvert @jpaustralia_sup @npsurf #sapinus #SapinusPro #SUWT #tahiti
The last 3 days have been the stuff dreams are made of. Watching waves like this explode at the end of the road is an image that's going to be in my head for a long time to come. So cool to see everyone charging and doing my best to get amongst it. Let's hope for some more waves like this on the next swell! 📷 @moonawhyte @jpaustralia_sup #gopro #goprowars #goprooftheday #jpaustralia #tahiti #teahupoo #sapinuspro #chopes #thegoproshow