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46. Keala Kennelly

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Don't mess with Keala Kennelly. Just don't. An ardent and outspoken proponent for women pushing the boundaries in heavy surf, she says, "I love when I open one of the men's surf magazines and I see a surf shot of me there amongst the men -- and not because I am doing a bottom turn in a bikini, but because I have a worthy shot." A big-wave pioneer in the truest sense of the term, she's one of few willing to go at places like Jaws and Teahupoo.