Kai Waterman Lenny, age 18: My first name means “ocean” in Hawaiian. It was my parents’ favorite Hawaiian name. My middle name is a funny coincidence – it’s actually a family name. It’s not like my parents were trying to christen me a surfing celebrity. But even so, I’ve been a professional windsurfer and stand-up paddler since I was 14, and growing up on Maui is a big reason why. I’ve been all over the world and seen the best waves the oceans have to offer, but for me, Maui is the ultimate thrill. I can’t see myself living anywhere else. Here, I surf with friends I’ve grown up with. I share waves with my mom, dad and brother.
What do I most often wish was different about Maui? We need more girls.
Ridge Lenny, age 14 : This summer, I’ll have my first job – working in the warehouse of a surfing company. Dad says it will be good for me. My brother teaches me a lot of stuff on the water, and I think if I keep training, I can catch up to him. It’d be cool to travel to some of the places he’s been to. But I still want to go to college in California. Maybe UC in Santa Barbara, where my dad used to live. Wherever I am, it will always be nice to come home to Maui.