After traversing the famed Molokai to Oahu channel, Lenny has embarked on a clean up Hawaii tour
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 April, 2017 - Imagine paddling into an open-ocean swell on a 5’6”. That’s what Kai Lenny did after tweaking his hydrofoil design. From there it was a fast track to open ocean testing and his now to most recent journey, a 50-mile Big Island to Maui jaunt.
After traversing the famed Molokai to Oahu channel, Lenny has embarked on a clean up Hawaii tour by zipping between islands drawing attention to the Island’s pollution problems.
Kai’s sponsors supplied support in the form of a field boat and documentation as he worked with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, Surfrider and 5 Gyres.
“We put out a trawl that looks like an aluminum manta ray to collect the ocean's micro and macro plastic debris,” Kai said of his time on the support boat with 5 Gyres. “Let's just say it was nuts seeing what appeared to be a vast blue ocean actually littered with plastics so small they were out of sight.”
In an Instagram post Kai stands in front of bags of litter collected on Molokai which amount to three tons. He says this was just a small part of the litter and plastic floating around the Hawaiian Islands.
Lenny’s hydrofoil escapades lit up the internet last year with clips of him riding non-breaking waves. From there conversation has been both positive: “New sport! This opens up previously unsurfable waters,” and negative “This is impossible! Waterman Kai Lenny is the only one in the world talented enough to do this.”