Keali’i Mamala is proud of his Hawaiian heritage and cultural connection to surfing. He charges massive waves out of his pure love for the sport, and has ridden some of the biggest waves around the world. From Hawaii to Tahiti to his famed ride in Nazaré, Portugal Keali’i is always pushing the limits with tow in partner Garrett McNamara. In the summer of 2007 they became the first, and possibly last, surfers to successfully ride glacier-generated tsunami waves of up to 25 feet.
Keali’i is always ready for the next big challenge and was introduced to the world of stand up paddle boarding by his uncle in the late ‘90’s. As SUP grew in popularity, so did Keali’i’s love for this new way to ride the waves and has competed around the world in SUP wave riding and flat water race events. His passion for the for giving back to others has led him to working with Surfer’s Healing and A Walk On Water, every summer to support children with special needs and their families. Keali’i is the ambassador of the aloha spirit.
Banner image: Steven Lippman.
Other photography: Brendon O’Neal (1,2), Steven Lippman (3), Mike Coots (4).