Watch: Keahi De Aboitiz // Dreamland
Like a skateboarder looking for a berm to lean into or a snowboarder blasting a bank, Keahi de Aboitiz brings a pure surf approach to kiting. Riding strapless, and on a regulation surfboard to boot, the lines he takes are familiar: the deep set bottom turn, the vertical lip blast, the John John at Margaret River full blooded gouge - see 3:30 for a few examples of the latter.
Those who know him won't be surprised by Keahi's surfing technique. Hailing from Noosa - though with Hawaiian parents - Keahi was a surfer before all else. That is, he surfed on surfboards. Learnt to ride waves tight to the pocket. These days he surfs on surfboards, kiteboards, stand up paddleboards, and longboards...anything really, but his native surfing approach is the lingua franca that combines them all.
And so, when a wave offers a certain kind of section, it really doesn't matter what craft Keahi is riding, his approach remains the same.