Punley Keeps Dropping In On A Spiritual High
Bodysurfing is often called the purest form of wave riding. There are no boards or leashes, just one’s body gliding on the ocean. There is no prototype body or premium age to experience it: All you need is a board shorts.
takes it a step further.
- in the ocean, feeling free and having this one-on-one connection with God and his creation is my life. It’s just complete joy and positive vibes.”
- scribing a spiritual experience, it’s because he is.
“The ocean is my life; without it, I would be nothing,” he says. “It’s the only thing that gives me true peace from the negative emotions that we ex- perience in life. Every time I get in the water, I am cleansed.”
his years and he’s one of the fastest-rising stars in a sport that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
kahanalu, meaning a form of wave riding without a use of see why my ancestors enjoyed sport, but to me it’s a lifestyle, a culture, an art that I am here to perpetuate.”
School. When the winter surf rolled in he’d catch the bus
“It’s hard growing up with a protective mother who would the waves were big,” chuckles paddled and ran track in high school. “I was forced to bodysurf because I could not afford a surfboard or a bodyboard. Getting my first pair of fins changed the game for me. I realized how much I was ad
first bodysurfing contest graduation. That’s where he met Sean Enoka, the owner
never knew were even possi “Sean, Mike Stewart, Bar Santos, Mark Cunningham mentors and I’m blessed to call them my friends. They’re living legends.”
never call himself a legend, but he’s certainly making a name for himself with sever place finish in his age group Championships.
Longtime skateboard and surf clothing company RVCA recently added him to its roster of advocates.
“I thank RVCA for allowing also sponsored by Da Fins. “It’s recognized by big companies. I hope one day I can bodysurf around the world for a living while sharing the aloha spirit.”
It’s a characteristic that two of his childhood idols possessed — two men he tries to emulate.
“I wish I could have met - “Sometimes people call me the positive vibrations in me and say that’s how Duke was. That’s such an awesome compliment.”
And while he looks forward to leaving his mark in about leaving a legacy for the next generation.
“The biggest accomplishment I’ve made in the ocean so far is something I’m still accomplishing, and that’s in “I want to teach them to accept the bad times, the struggles and hardships, and know that we go through times like that to learn, grow, accept and move forward always. Work hard for what you want in life and believe in yourself always.”
Bodysurfing is a barrel roll of fun for the oftentimes inverted Keali‘i Punley.