Met Kamalei at Teahupoo, Tahiti, earlier this year. We had a great time fishing, surfing, and talking story with the rest of the surfers sharing the house down there.
Was stoked to find this recent Kamalei interview on ESPN.com, where he talks about the surfing talent from the garden island. Always best to hear about a place from someone who grew up surfing there.
Was psyched to paddle over an incredible barrel Kamalei rode a during a huge swell a couple years ago at Hanalei. Watched his brother Kala catch the best wave of the winter at an outer reef called Himalayas shortly after I caught one of the biggest waves of my life last year. Stoked to get to share big waves with these guys.