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Kai Lenny Rides the Entire Hawaiian Island Chain

After a week of downwind SUP foil crossings connecting the Hawaiian islands from the Big Island to Kauai, SUP superstar Kai Lenny finished his Downwind Voyage for Change—a statewide coastal cleanup initiative to bring awareness to plastic pollution in the Hawaiian Islands. The Maui paddler teamed up with Red Bull for this monumental effort to help clean the Hawaiian coastal and–in true Kai Lenny fashion–he incorporating multiple watersports into the project.

In addition to leading community beach clean-ups on six islands–Hawaii, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu and Kauai–Lenny also tied in a “downwind challenge” for himself. Instead of traveling to each island via boat or plane, Lenny used man-powered craft (his forte) such as hydrofoils, kiteboards, standup paddleboards or whatever non-motorized craft necessary to cross from island to island. Upon completing each crossing, Lenny worked with the local community members and organizations like Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, Surfrider Foundation, the Hawaii Wildlife Fund to clean up their coastlines.

In addition to the fulfilment of the project’s environmental effort, Lenny sites his SUP foil crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel from Molokai to Oahu as a highlight.

“The foil is just so fast,” Lenny says. “I don’t know if I’ll ever cross that channel on anything else again!”