Big wave surfer Keala Kennelly remembers her gnarliest wipeout at Teahupoo in Tahiti like it was yesterday. During the Andy Irons memorial heat at the Billabong Pro Tahiti 2011, Kennelly paddled out on a ‘normal’ size day at End of the Road. After being smacked in the head by the lip inside the barrel, the Kauai native drove face first into the reef. The lacerations to her face left others in shock, and sent her straight to the big hospital, nearly 2.5 hours away from the site of the accident.
Listen as Keala Kennelly recounts her traumatizing experience with visuals of her wipeout and injury, and talks about her return to the famous big wave spot almost 2 years later.
“You can get the ride of your life out there, if you get the right ones.” -Keala Kennelly