Keala Kennelly "2013 Woman of the Year"

Set a record at Teahupoo for riding the biggest tow in wave by a woman

PHOTO: Courtesy McCaig.
PHOTO: Courtesy McCaig.

Keala Kennelly was born August 13, 1978 in Kauai, Hawaii. Most surfer know her for her amazing ability, courage, and determination to ride the largest waves on the planet.

Keala busted into the world of surfing and turned professional in 1995. In 2003, she dominated heavy wave competitions in Tavarua and Teahupoo, took the Triple Crown in Hawaii and came in second in the ASP’s Women’s World Championship Tour.

In 2005 she set a record at Teahupoo for riding the biggest tow in wave by a woman. In 2007 she took a break from the World Championship Tour (WCT) to co-star in the HBO series John from Cincinnati. In 2001 she starred in the surfing documentary 7 Girls.

She was also featured playing herself in the movie Blue Crush along with Kate Bosworth and Michelle Rodriguez. Blue Crush became a simulus for motivation of women surfing. She was also was in the movie Step Into Liquid.

Kennelly, a multiple XXL winner, has been on the global big-wave scene since retiring from full-time ASP competition in 2007.

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Aeder.