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Is This The Best Backdoor Pit Ever Caught On Camera?

Watch Kainehe Hunt’s 8-second tube from Pipe to OTW today. 

news // Dec 7, 2023
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

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Backdoor saw a handful of crazy tubes today, however there was one clear standout. 

A lot of locals with credibility at waves like Pipe and Backdoor are claiming 21-year-old Kainehe Hunt from Kauai got the best Backdoor wave they’ve ever seen.

From a takeoff spot more typical for Pipe, the 6’5” surfer from Kauai threaded a long, tall tube across 450 ft (137 m) of reef, eventually stepping off on the Insanities side of Off The Wall in front of the old Rip Curl-cum-Quiksilver house to a beach-full of whistles. 

Two time World Champ Tom Carroll caught this iphone clip from the second-storey.

JOB, Nathan Florence, Jack Robinson, Dustin Barca, Noa Deane, Balaram Stack and countless others Banzai specialists sang the Kauaians praise on social media.  

Filmer, editor and producer Kuio Yong wrote:

“Brah… my Hoa Pili @kainehe_hunt just got the best Backdoor wave I’ve even seen in my life. Fuckin incredible this guy! FUNNY STORY: 28 minutes before he caught this wave I called him up to see what he was doing. He answers and goes hooo I’m resting, I might wash my truck 😂 I go u faka, I’m filming and it’s getting good, you better paddle out. Sure enough he paddles out at the gums sand pile, 2 minutes later this wave comes straight to him, deepest guy out and HO-ing guys off the wave 🤣 Faka wrangled that thing from Deep in the pipe channel, all the way to the end of OTW. They say Pipeline chooses you and that wahine must love him because she gave him one mean blessing today 🙏 Came a long way from da house in poipu beach, couldn’t be more stoked for you brother❤️ 🤝 @blakbearsurfclub He ready for direct deposit already 😂 #slabofseason

Was this the best-ever tube at Backdoor? We went back and reviewed some favorites of old — Kelly, Curren, Laurie Towner, JOB and John. For us, nothing came close.

Disqus below.

PS — kudos to all the filmers who didn’t stop recording. And our sincere condolences to those who did.

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