Kay Lenny: the Hawaiian surfer is chasing the 100-foot wave | Photo: Red Bull

Kai Lenny is one of the most well-rounded watermen on the planet.

The extreme sports athlete from Paia, Maui, Hawaii, was one of the many swell hunters who didn't miss the first golden ticket to glory of the 2020/2020 winter season.

Lenny, who could easily enjoy a hot coffee inside a big blue barrel at Jaws/Peahi, made sure he wasn't going to let this opportunity slip away.

Between October 27-29, western Europe and Ireland were on the path of one of the biggest swells formed in the North Atlantic in the past decade.

And when a storm generated in the region evolves as this one did, Nazaré's Praia do Norte is one of the best places to be.

In the water, if you're a big wave surfer; out on the cliffs, if you're a spectator or surfing fan.

Despite the need for physical distancing, thousands of people flocked to the natural surf stadium, ignoring the necessary health code and requirements in a time of pandemic.

But athletes just did what they had to do, and it was not their responsibility to deal with it.

Kai Lenny: the only surfer to do 360s on the giant waves of Nazaré | Photo: Red Bull

Mission 100

Kai Lenny is a man on a mission. He is definitely chasing a big wave surfer's ultimate goal - to seal the deal and ride that once-in-a-lifetime 100-foot.

The Hawaiian, who is known for performing 360s in 60-foot waves, returned to Nazaré to try his luck.

And apparently, Lenny is quite happy with his first shot at goal.

On October 28, Kai rode what could probably be considered the biggest wave of the day.

Interestingly, the 28-year-old surfer is one of the few who goes right at Praia Norte, which is often considered a dangerous and reckless option and decision.

Hours after the stunt, Kai Lenny was quite clear about the wave he had just ridden for 20 seconds.

"The Biggest Wave of my life! So far... Thanks for towing me in, Carlos Burle," wrote the Hawaiian waterman.

The game has just started, and Sebastian Steudtner is also a man to watch.

Not only is he one of the most experienced Nazaré surfers, but he has also adopted a highly professional 360-degree approach that includes physical and mental preparation, a confident jet ski team, a media team, and strong support from top sponsors.

Let's see what the gods of winter have planned for the next five months and whether or not Kai Lenny will find that dreamy 100-foot giant.

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