Keahi rides for Cabrinha and is a regular stance. His home spot is Noosa, Sunshine Coast, Australia and favourite spot is Indo Ocean. He finished 1st at PKRA Wave Tour 2011 and is a rising star among kitesurf and SUP athletes.
Hi! My name is Keahi de Aboitiz and I’m 19 year old.
Hi Keahi! This doesn’t sound like Australian name. You are Australian, right?
Yes, it is not really popular in Australia because basically it’s a Hawaiian name. For people in Australia it’s not an easy name to say.
So your family is from Hawaii?
My mum is originally from Hawaii and my dad was born in Australia, then moved to Hawaii for some time, met my mum and moved back to Australia. I was born in Australia and grew up there.
Are they both surfers?
My dad is a surfer, my mum was never really a surfer which is kind of surprising for a person coming from Hawaii.
How long have you been kiting for?
Probably 9 years. Before I was always a surfer.
How old were you when you started surfing?
I was 5 years old. My dad was always into surfing so I picked it up from him.
And why did you start kitesurfing?
Also because of my dad. He started kitesurfing pretty early on and then opened his own kite school. He was always teaching people and I eventually picked it up too. It took my a little bit to get into it but I got pretty hooked and it just went on from there.
You are also into SUP, am I right?
Yes and I think that Stand Up Paddle, Surfing and Kitesurfing they all kind of complement each other. When it’s small and fine I can ride a Stand Up, if it’s really pumping I can surf, if it’s windy I can kite so basically I have always something to do.
If you had to choose one, which one would it be?
It is very hard to say. They all complement each other so it would be hard to pick just one for sure.
Are you still still studying?
I finished high school two year ago and at the moment I’m not going to be going to the University just yet. I want to enjoy the moment and see what happens.
How does your regular day training look like?
I think I wouldn’t call it training. I just get up and check the conditions and make a decision what to do. If it’s good for surfing I surf, if it’s good for kitesurfing I kitesurf, if it’s good for Stand Up I do that. I try to make the most of the conditions. I really like what I’m doing. I like to push myself in all the sports and occasionally I get bored of one sport and then it’s good to have something else there, to have something else that I love and enjoy. This works pretty well.
What is your goal for this year? What would you like to achieve?
I would like to see how well I can do on the tour. I hope I can do well, I would be stoked if I could win the tour but I guess I will just have to wait and see what happens. I would like to keep on traveling, I really enjoy being in new locations, kiting new waves, different waves that haven’t been kited before.
And yeah, I would be really happy if I could win a World title.
Good luck for the tour Keahi and thank you very much for this interview!