Watch: Kai Lenny // The best big wave season so far

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Kai Lenny called season 2018/19 the "best big wave season so far" and you've gotta assume he's talking about his own performance, not the quality of the waves. Jaws, Nazare, and Mavericks all had slow seasons, however, when they did break 26-year old Lenny put on a Laird-like show.

This vid is full of so many moments, split-second highlights that on their own could support an ordinary surfer through a lifetime of recollection, that the whole thing could become passe, until, that is, you realise Lenny is doing all this stuff - controlled airdrops, backflips, barrels - in waves that are bigger than most of us will ever surf.

It takes some perspective to comprehend it, especially when Lenny says he's "only just starting to scratch the surface of what is possible."

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Bungan33 commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 11:11am

2:20....utter bullshit. Who DOES that?????? The sheer technical wizardry of that leaves you stunned. Hard enough for a solid surfer to do on a 5 foot hollow beachy....sheeesh....

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peterb commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 12:29pm

Seminal.

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frog commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 1:13pm

Terminal

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frog commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 1:15pm

Synclinal

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frog commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 1:16pm

Supraliminal

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frog commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 1:19pm

Original

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peterb commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 1:34pm

Supraliminal? Synclinal?

Fictional !

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goofyfoot commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 1:43pm

Upliftical

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stunet commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 1:45pm

Nutshellical

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peterb commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 1:49pm

Secondthatical

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Craig commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 2:03pm

Chuckle

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scroty commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 4:06pm

Nutsackical

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peterb commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 4:45pm

Gonadical

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zenagain commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 4:56pm

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocical.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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Feralkook commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 5:13pm

testículos gigantescos

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peterb commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 5:16pm

here come the brazilians

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icandig commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 5:38pm

roflickle.

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kaiser commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 7:51pm

Kailennical

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blackers commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 8:12pm

Sheesh, no fear there, big grin in the heaviest of waves. Love that freefall tail slide at 3.36.

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P'tai commented Monday, 29 Apr 2019 at 8:21pm

struth

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carvin60 commented Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019 at 1:06am

You can definitely see how he's combining all the board sports.
Snowboarding, skating, surfing all in there.
Some of the soul arch stances he adopts are straight out of snowboarding on a big powder day! We have a saying in snowboarding "riding the white wave" wow this guy rocks it. The high speed adjustment/corrections he makes are something else!

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bigal commented Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019 at 12:58pm

Balls of dragon glass!

Big Al

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peterb commented Tuesday, 30 Apr 2019 at 1:57pm

shatterable

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PeteH commented Wednesday, 1 May 2019 at 12:48pm

Magnitude of the last wave!!!

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ojackojacko commented Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 5:57am

he is the only surfer i rate with jjf. medina is potentially in the group (especially after bells) but i haven’t seen medina surf big waves. kl and jjf look comfortable in anything. kl is pushing big wave surfing in a way jjf hasn’t but might have if he went in that direction. amazing waterman

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Tom Kenyon commented Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 12:53pm

Oh My Word!

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mrkook commented Thursday, 2 May 2019 at 9:38pm

Breath taking stuff!

MK

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gregmaina1 commented Sunday, 5 May 2019 at 6:52am

That is amazing stuff!

Greg

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udo commented Tuesday, 25 Jun 2019 at 9:55am

What are these mink systems Kai is using on his boards ?