KEAHI DE ABOITIZ

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.


At the moment I'm a lot more focused on the waves and really enjoy pushing the strapless side of the sport. I have also started competing on the new SUP circuit. Hopefully I can continue along this path for years to come.

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