What Was Going Through Keala Kennelly’s Mind at Teahupo’o Last Week?.. She TOLD US!
27th July 2015 – Last week on 23rd July on one of Tahiti’s most recognised and dangerous surf break, Teahupo’o came to life with a ‘code red’ swell. On the sets this wave reached 30 metres and towered and folded upon itself into a razor sharp reef between 2 and 3 metres deep. When you consider the ferocity and intensity of this wave you understand that it may as well be 10 inches deep.
Hawaiian, Keala Kennelly is a women’s surfing veteran but still conquers the mountains of waver at Jaws as well as dominating the women’s big wave scene as she did at the Wickr X challenge earlier this year but pulling the scale back to win the WQS Pipe Pro too. The girl has no limits and is taking the sport to a new level each time she paddles out.
Last week Keala was towed into Teahupo’o. She didn’t hesitate, because if you do you’ll die. She simply let go of the tow-rope and ploughed down one of the biggest, steepest and most challenging waves on the planet.
KELLY SLATER weighed in on the incredible feat mentioning it on his Instagram
[blockquote type=”3″ author=”KELLY SLATER”]The stuff guys are doing these days is seriously nuts…into the oblivion not knowing what happens when you wipeout. But the craziest guy of all is a girl… @kealakennelly. Looks like someone challenged her to a #YouWontGo contest and she called their bluff! #WTF, KK?[/blockquote]
We can’t possibly reincarnate the scene without bringing in the legend herself…
That moment when you see the lip throwing out in front of you and nothing else exists in the world except you and that wave. I live for that moment. #Teahupoo #Tahiti #LivingInTheMoment #GladiatorsInSuits Thanks for the pic @damianphotos808 @billabong @billabongwomens @Aftermathboards @nouvellevaguela
The Mermaid Society: Did you know the wave was going to thicken out and get as big as it did?
Keala Kenelly: I knew it was a set and it was going to be a big one. I passed on a much smaller one and when we got out the back again and saw this one standing up on the horizon I was like “yup… this is the one!”
TMS: What was the feeling of having the lip close in over you?
KK: There was a huge explosion. My helmet blew off and I got slammed down on the reef and pinned on my back for a while just getting the crap kicked out of me.
I managed to get up for a breath right as the wave behind it came down on me. That one threw me on the reef with a lot of force and whole left side of my body got slammed.
I thought I’d broken my hand and my elbow but when I finally got to the lagoon I was able to move my fingers ok. I had a few cuts and was bleeding and in pain from the impact but all and all I knew I was ok.
TMS: Did you make it out to the channel?
KK: No, I didn’t make it out of the barrel. The West bowl bent to hard and the bottom dropped out, there was no way I could make it. The adrenalin was so intense there was a part of me that wanted to go right back out and try again even though I was hurt. Adrenalin is a hell of a drug!
TMS: Was that your biggest wave or just chunkiest?
KK: I don’t know if it was the tallest… I think I’ve had a tow in at Jaws that was taller but this was definitely the chunkiest no doubt.
Ok I thought everyone already saw this on @shanedorians IG but people keep asking me to post the video so here it is. Shot by @raimanaworld (I also borrowed his ski and driver) Raimana is the man. Love you brother! @billabong @billabongwomens @Aftermathboards @dakine_surf @NouvelleVagueLA #Tahiti #Teahupoo
A video posted by Keala Kennelly (@kealakennelly) on
With all that happened, today was definitely one of the craziest days I’ve ever witnessed. To top it off my good friend @kealakennelly rode (in my opinion) one of the heaviest waves Ive ever seen here. Stoked I was here to capture that moment. #beastmode #xxl #shebetterwin #breaktheinternet ??? Check out @surfingmagazine .com for a full gallery of my photos from this day @surfingmagazine #photobrent
A photo posted by ｂｒｅｎｔ ｂｉｅｌｍａｎｎ (@brentbielmann) on