Keahi is one of the biggest water sports freaks you will ever meet. Not only is he a fearless SUP surfer, he is an amazing surfer, (nominated for the O’neil wave of the winter earlier in the year), and most notably known for taking kitesurfing to the next level with 3 x Kitesurfing World Champ titles before the age of 23.
Mastering multiple disciplines over the years his career began in Australia with 4x National Freestyle Championship Titles. This may not be entirely surprising if you know his gene pool includes the likes of waterman Pete Cabrinha.
While an injury kept him out of this years world title race it also offered some down time to take a stroll down memory lane and dig out some of the old footage from the attic.
Gear: SCREAMER 7/9/12/14 for Free Style. Not to forget the SCREAMER 10 LTD for my one go kite. SURF 8 & 12 for the waves. RENEGADE 6.5 and 9 for all around kiting. And some times I use my son's JUNIOR PRO 4 when it blows 45+ for the waves. Just try the EPICKITES and you will see for yourself.
Brand Affiliation: Owner of EPIC KITES
Location: OUTER BANKS (NC) USA. Owner of EPICKITES
Same time last year I was just starting to walk by myself after a knee surgery. Everyone always told me that you tend to come back stronger after you recover, and in the first months back on the water, I was really disappointed to learn it wasn’t true at all. At least not from the start. I was scared, not confident enough, and all my progression from the past years seem to have disappeared just like that. I was back to square one, learning basic rotations all over again.
That is why I was so happy to finally return to Brazil, to try and relearn each trick, one by one, some in a completely different way than I used to them in the past. It was a long process, with a lot of ups and downs, but in the end I’ve learned to appreciate every little milestone on my way, and become stoked on kiteboarding all over again.
This little clip was made pretty spontaneously and I am really really happy that it happened, because for me it is a closure to this whole adventure. It took way longer than expected, but now, exactly a year later, I can finally say I feel 100% again ! I am ready to go back to improving my level, and more importantly enjoying every day I get to ride and have fun more than ever before !
Camera: Aleksander Lewandowski
Production by wgwk.pl
Music: Musical Doodles by Two Feet
Currently ranked 7th in the world, professional kitesurfer Stefan Spiessberger is accustomed to traveling the globe from one gorgeous beach to another. But what happens when this small-town boy from Austria decides to go exploring the concrete jungle of New York City? He does it his way, of course! Stefan looks right at home in the world’s most iconic cityscape, whether slaloming through the streets of Chinatown, rifling through vinyl at a Williamsburg record store or just kicking back on the G-train. Still, it’s only a matter of time before Stefan is drawn to the water. Exploring nearby Long Island, he discovers Tobay Beach, its smooth surface and constant winds offering the perfect conditions for a world-class freestyler. Back in New York City, Stefan’s passion is fueled. But how can he reconcile his urban location with his true nature as a kitesurfer? There’s only one answer—an expedition into New York Harbor.