Professional big wave charger Keala Kennelly celebrated Mother’s Day by jumping on a plane straight to Teahupo’o, Tahiti. Forecasters correctly predicted 15-20ft swell with occasional 30ft sets this week, bringing some of the best big wave surfers in the world to the small Tahitian break, known for it’s massive waves and razor sharp reef. The last time Kennelly ventured to Teahupo’o was to experience one of the heaviest swells ever seen, known as ‘Code Red’.
Despite such a traumatizing accident that could have taken her life, the Hawaiian has completely healed and believes that there are still waves to be had at Teahupo’o with her name on them.
“The forecasters say it’s not going to be quite code red level but similar ball park, it’s definitely gonna be solid. I’m kind of sh*tting myself right now. Haven’t been back since my face injury, it’s been almost two years, so I think it’s time to get back on the horse that bucked me off,” Keala Kennelly told the Surf Channel.
Kennelly is currently at Teahupo’o to experience the intense adrenaline rush that can’t be found anywhere else. Keep checking back here on TheSurfChannel.com for an exclusive interview with Keala Kennelly, coming soon!
Kennelly’s face injuring wipeout in 2011:
Kennelly surfing the code red swell in 2011: