Kai Lenny Is 'Intimidating... Like A Guy Coming And Stealing Your Girl,' Says GOAT - Stab Mag

Kai Lenny Is ‘Intimidating… Like A Guy Coming And Stealing Your Girl,’ Says GOAT

Life of Kai goes deep on his performances at the Eddie and Sunset.

cinema // May 13, 2023
Words by Ethan Davis
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

“Mentally I’m like ‘all these guys made it here and I just got a wildcard’.

Kai Lenny is the right kind of wildcard for Sunset. Executes in the hairy stuff, can mow through chop, good at finding sneaky tubes in heavy-water.

Drawing Filipe Toledo at any wave under eight feet? Lethal. Over eight feet? You saw what happened at Chopes/The Box/Pipe last time they ran in the big stuff. Were it not for a piddly forecast and a cruel seed, Kai had a real chance of taking down some big names. Would have clipped Fil in the opener had he hung on to that hack. 

I like Kelly’s analysis of him as a wildcard in CT events, “It’s probably intimidating for the guys Kai competes against. It’s like a guy coming in and stealing your girl”. I wonder how much experience Slater has having his grass cut?

Between the Eddie, Backdoor Shootout and Sunset, it was a long North Shore winter for Kai on the North Shore. “I want to do it all, and I want to get there with my shortboarding,” said the 8x SUP World Champ, 4x Molokai-to-Oahu winner and recipient of countless big wave awards. “Losing is a knife through the ribs. I take it so personally.”


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