There are no maps for these adventures. Because they haven’t been written yet. Join the Jeep® brand and Outside as they follow Kai Lenny, world champion stand up paddleboarder, who is carving his own route through the unexplored and living Beyond Adventure.
Kai Lenny is one of the world’s foremost water athletes. He’s taking on The Ultimate Crossing – 115 nautical miles in one day from the shores of Maui to the beaches of Oahu. His only sources of power will be what the oceans and winds give him or what he can create with his paddle. Follow Kai as he takes on this massive challenge.
Kai battled strong winds, tangled lines and impending nightfall to realize his dream. After 11 hours in and on the water, Kai became the first person to cover the distance between Maui and Oahu using multiple forms of human powered transportation.
His first name means “Ocean” in Hawaiian. His middle name is actually Waterman. Kai Lenny was destined to live his life on the water. Born and raised on Maui, Kai first surfed at 4. He grew up watching and learning from legendary watermen like Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama. Inspired by his mentors and the incredible surf culture of Hawaii, he’s developed into a world-class surf athlete in multiple events and has already won six Stand Up Paddleboard World Championships.
Dave Kalama is a pioneer big wave surfer, stand up paddleboard racer and all-around legend in multiple water sports. He co-invented tow-in surfing with Laird Hamilton – a technique that allows surfers to catch the biggest ocean waves by being towed into position by a personal watercraft. He coaches Kai Lenny.
Darrick Doerner was one of the first to use personal watercraft to tow surfers into large surf. He was a lifeguard for over 20 years and developed many of the safety protocols that go along with surfing large waves. He is a part of Kai Lenny's safety team for his journey.
A true legend in Hawaiian waters, Victor Lopez is a pioneering big wave icon. He was one of the first to ever surf Jaws – or as it’s known in Hawaiian, Pe’ahi. Even at 65-years-old he continues to ride massive waves. Victor inspires Kai every day and will be part of the safety team on the 115-mile journey.
Ryan Flaherty is an elite level trainer with a long list of professional athlete clients who rely on his expertise to get the most from their bodies. He’s created training systems for some of the biggest stars in sports. He’s applying his techniques to help Kai Lenny build speed and endurance.
Robby Naish is a legend in the sports of windsurfing and kitesurfing. He's a multiple time world champion in both sports. Today, he heads a popular surfboard, sailboard and kitesurf equipment company. Kai Lenny uses Naish boards exclusively.
The board Kai uses is extremely light for grueling ocean races. It’s designed for fast downwind routes and allows a skilled rider to catch ocean swells and use the ocean power for propulsion.
- Model: Custom-made by Naish
- Length: 17’
- Width: 25”
- Construction: Styrofoam core with carbon fiber finish
The team chose a kite and sail with simple, no-fuss designs to make launching and retrieving the gear from the boat easier. The kite delivers the wind range of a larger kite with the precision turning of a smaller kite. The sail offers a crisp balanced feel and straight-line speed.
- Kite Model: Naish Trip
- Size: 10 and 12 meter
- Sail Model: Naish NOA
- Size: 7 meter
A version of this all-round board equipped with straps was used extensively on Kai's journey. The board is good for riding waves, free-riding and jumping. It's a great combination of speed, control and drive to provide flexibility for a variety of wave and wind conditions.
- Model: Naish Global
- Length: 5’10”
- Width: 18 ½”
- Weight: 6-7 lbs
- Construction: Fiberglass, carbon and bamboo
Kai uses a board that is designed for very light conditions which can still be utilized if strong winds occur. The design of the board and the larger volume allow Kai to maintain a strong plane through wind lulls. He paired the board with a 7-meter sail.
- Model: Naish Bullet
- Length: 7’7”
- Width: 25”
- Weight: 15 lbs
- Volume: 115 liters
- Construction: Styrofoam core and carbon fiber glass finish
Few places in the world can match the Hawaiian Islands for natural beauty. The turquoise waters, volcanic cliffs and ocean currents make it an exotic paradise. But below the surface lurk multiple dangers. Kai’s support team will stick close as his journey takes him through waters where 40 different species of sharks can be found. Changing wind and surf conditions have the potential to throw Kai miles off course.
See the possibilities and redefine adventure. Throw away your maps and chart a new course. The All-New 2015 Jeep® Renegade can handle whatever is over the horizon.