Kalani Lattanzi belongs to the knuckle-duster-in-your-face school of surfing!
A Brazilian bodysurfer, Kalani Lattanzi, has stunned the world by taking on Maui outer-reef Pe’ahi, aka Jaws, with just a pair of swim fins, a hand plane and a tight-fitting pair of trunks that barely contain, let’s be frank, the hatbox that is his loins.
Lattanzi, who is twenty-seven, and who now lives on Maui, gathered all his virile strength to swim out on November 2, a little after lunch, on the first real Jaws day of the season.
Lattanzi rode three waves before entering and, importantly, exiting the void on the wave filmed below.
He describes the experience as “beautiful” and says it was the best barrel of his life.
When BeachGrit called, Lattanzi was deep in construction work, three hours or thereabouts to go before he might engage in conversation, although in other interviews he has described Jaws as being a little easier to ride than the devil that is Portugal’s Nazaré.
Last year, Lattanzi released his biopic Kalani: Gift from Heaven, which follows his adventures there.
“Kalani goes into the ocean where fish are afraid,” says one fan.
More to come.