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Adventures / Surfing / Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws

Photographer and Filmmaker Bo Bridges

What happened last week off Maui’s infamous break, Jaws, is what surfers dream about. Two storms converged creating the swells that big-wave surfers train their entire lives to ride. With satellites confirming large seas in excess of 40 to 45 feet, the planet’s most elite big-wave surfers and shooters rushed in, including Bo Bridges, who reported live in the water for us. As big and dangerous as it was, the lineup of surfers was thick, but the best part of the day was after the lineup emptied out. “Just when you thought you’d witnessed history go down and people started heading back to the harbor to call it a day… Kai Lenny busts out his foil and whips into Jaws,” recalls Bo. “I was just blown away by Kai’s speed on that foil. He was moving so fast he was outpacing the wave. Never seen anything like it!”

I was just blown away by Kai’s speed on that foil. He was moving so fast he was outpacing the wave.
— Photographer Bo Bridges

“The conditions got picture perfect … and I was just going so fast,” says Kai, who is taking hydrofoiling to the next level. “It’s fun to do something different. We surf all these similar big waves all the time, it’s nice to approach from a different perspective.”

ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
Jockeying for a position at the boat ramp. Everyone chopping at the bit to get out there. It’s darker here than it looks. Was a long exposure. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
Took us a little over than an hour to get out there. We hit a huge piece of drift wood and it knocked our motor silly. This was one of the first waves we drove up on. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
Kai Lenny was the first on the scene, as he usually seems to be. Here is getting a quick tow out before catching one of the largest waves of the day. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
Shooting the left is tricky. There’s no channel and some of the waves can catch you off guard real fast. This was a beauty of an avalanche coming at all of us. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
Fun to see Kealli Mamala out there. We shot this wave together back in 2004 on an XXL day and went to Alaska together with Garrett McNamara to shoot the Glacier Tsunami waves. Love watching his Hawaiin power in the water. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
Yuri Soledade took advantage of a tow early on and with nobody on the left. He had free range. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
This would be considered a large crowd at any surf spot. But the fact that the waves were as big as they were I was surprised that many surfers had the courage to paddle out. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
Howling winds and fast moving water. Mark Healey turns his head to avoid a collision with a flying board. Jamie Mitchell considering a quick one on the inside section of the wave. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
Mark Healey avoided the crowds and swung wide to find his happy place on the left. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
One that got away. The playing field was different this day. Swell direction was difficult and the take off zone was shifty. — Bo Bridges
ROAM: Exclusive: Surfer Kai Lenny Hydrofoils Jaws
Aaron Gold paddling in on one of the bigger set waves of the day. — Bo Bridges


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