2018/19 WSL Women’s Big Wave World Champion
2019 Winner of Pe’ahi JAWS Challenge
Founding Member Committee for Equity for Women in Surfing
Keala is a fearless surfer who is not one to back down from giant waves or causes she believes in. She, who just won the Pe’ahi Challenge in Maui, on a day when the surf was so dangerous that the event was shut down before the men could finish competing. The more you learn about Keala the more impressed you become. There is a lot of substance behind this woman. She is a titan in and out of the water, and at the forefront of Gender Equality in the sport of big wave surfing. You only have to listen to Keala Kennelly’s powerful 2019 WSL Big Wave Award Acceptance Speech to grasp the full extent of her influence.
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