Threadhead: Kelis Keleoopa

Threadhead: Kelis Keleoopa

Posted 2019 Jul
L Lauren Turley

This week's spotlight is on professional surfer and Hawaii native Kelis Kaleopa'a. She's so rad and headed to the US Open of Surfing for the Vans Duct Tape!! We're SO stoked that she's on our team and can't wait to see the rad things she does!! Read on to learn all about her! 


Who are you and what's your story?

I am Kelis Kaleopa'a and raised from Hawaii! And my story is just being a professional surfer from Oahu!!

How often are you surfing? How'd you get into it?

I try surfing all the time, it’s my happy place! And I’ve been surfing ever since I can remember my parents took me surfing since I was a newborn! 

What's your favorite surf spot? Any places you've been dying to get to?

My favorite surf spot is, of course, my home break Queens Waikiki! I’m always down for new surf spots but nothing in mind! 

What are you most proud of in your surfing career so far? Got anything cool coming up?

I’m most proud of where I am in my surfing career! I’m currently heading over to Huntington Beach for the US OPEN OF SURFING for the vans duct tape! 

How many swimsuits do you own? Do have a favorite for competitions? Can a surfer even have too many bikinis, most of my suits are comfortable for surfing so any suit works! 

Favorite pro surfer?

All of them:) 

How do you define 'originality'? 

Originality to me means being yourself and not someone you aren’t! 

Anything else you want to add? 

Always be yourself and don’t let anyone tell you differently. 

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