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The Most Influential Women In Surf

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Keala Kennelly

Photograph By Maassen/A-Frame

Keala Kennelly has paid her dues. She's nearly drowned more times than she can count, and a couple of years ago practically tore her whole face off on the reef at Teahupo'o. That said, nobody has been a more outspoken proponent of women's surfing, especially in big waves.

From one-time ASP World Title contender to XXL Big Wave Awards champ, her experience is vast, and she's not afraid to share the opinions she's formed over the years. Today she's charging as hard as ever while also earning a living as a DJ and occasionally as a real estate agent.