Surf Photo Friday – Bodyboarding with Hawaii’s Kamalehua Keohokapu

Early morning bodyboard session with Hawaiian Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

It seems wholly appropriate in this strangest of seasons to mix it up a bit. One day the water temp is bikini-worthy and a few hours later a fullsuit and booties are necessary. Similarly, the surf itself has proven to have multiple personalities with swell firing in one spot and nonexistent everywhere else.

On the day before this I swam out at this spot and it was warm, firing, and empty …but not very surfable. Later that day as I was reflecting on the morning session, I remembered that my good friend from Hawaii, Kamalehua Keohokapu, used to bodyboard before she picked up longboarding. A few messages back and forth and we made plans to leave our surfboards at home, grab bodyboards, and hit it early before she headed off to the hospital where she works.

Although the swell dropped overnight, we were still greeted with glassy peaks and sunny conditions. Laughs, smiles, and barrels ensued and it was a refreshing reminder to me that whatever surfcraft we happen to be riding, there’s no better way to start your day than by being in the ocean. Here are a few photos from the session.

Barreling left during bodyboard session with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Dropping in with Hawaii's Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Barreled with Hawaiian Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Surf Mag

Underwater with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Between sets with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Hooking left in San Diego County. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygil.com

Dropping into a perfect glassy right with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Kamalehua Keohokapu inside a clean barreling wave. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine.

Sunny, glassy, barreling left. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

End of the morning barrel for Hawaii's Kamalehua Keohokapu. Surf photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl Online Surf Magazine

Bodyboard session completed with Kamalehua Keohokapu. Photo © Chris Grant, Jettygirl.com

Photos: Chris Grant / Jettygirl.com

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