Kai Lenny wins 2017 Puerto Escondido Challenge

August 1, 2017 | Surfing
Kai Lenny: he found a giant barrel at Puerto Escondido | Photo: Hinkle/WSL

Kai Lenny has taken out the 2017 Puerto Escondido Challenge, in Mexico.

The Hawaiian waterman secured his first Big Wave Tour (BWT) victory in near-perfect 20-to-25 foot waves. Lenny won the bronze-rated event with a spectacular barrel in the dying minutes of the final.

"I can't believe it. I am so stoked. It was hard to get waves out there because they were just so shifty, but then the one that I had been waiting for finally came. I did a slow bottom turn, and then I knew I had it," explained Kai Lenny.

The one-hour final feature three Hawaiian surfer - Lenny, Billy Kemper and Trevor Carlson - Australian waterman Jamie Mitchell, and European big wave specialists Tom Lowe and Alex Botelho.

"I remember coming here last year and being super terrified because I had never been here. My goal today was not to hold back and - when a good one came - go no matter what." 

The Puerto Escondido Challenge was the first stop on the 2017/2018 World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT), and the last of the Southern Hemisphere window.

The next event on the calendar is the Nazaré Challenge, with a waiting period spanning from October 15 through December 31.

2017 BWT Puerto Escondido Challenge | Final

1. Kai Lenny (HAW) 23.53
2. Jamie Mitchell (AUS) 18.64
3. Tom Lowe (GBR) 12.23
4. Billy Kemper (HAW) 8.50
5. Alex Botelho (PRT) 4.34
6. Trevor Carlson (HAW) 2.46