Kai Lenny - Big Wave Surfer Shares His Natural High
From Alexa Smith
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Kai Lenny, a big wave surfer, talks about surfing being his natural high and why he said no to drugs. Surfer of Jaws, Nazare, and Mavericks, Kai says that deciding to use drugs would have prevented him from achieving all he has so far.
Born and raised on the island of Maui, Kai is a product of his environment. From the biggest waves in the world to the smallest swells and the strongest winds, for Kai it’s all about staying in the water and having fun no matter what the conditions are. He’s an 8X stand-up paddleboard (SUP) World Champion with a passion for competition and innovation on the water.
Extremely focused, Kai found a set of activities that made him come alive. Protective of his passions, he sees the ever-present invitation to consume substances like drugs and alcohol as a threat to his genuine joy. Aware of the life-altering damage that harmful substances can have on a person’s life and trajectory, he made conscious choices to say no — even to friends who were giving him pressure.