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Posted: August 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

The most powerful bodyboarder to ever Dropknee. Photo Libby.

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Posted: July 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Paul Roach was the king of Dropknee riding for his radical moves however when it came to charging DK no one came close to Kainoa McGee seen below in the belly of the beast at Pipeline.

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Posted: June 10, 2013 at 5:30 am

Kainoa McGee’s earlier  career was based around being a super competitive bodyboarder who was giving the great Mike Stewart a run for his money in the contest arenas. After winning his share of events Kainoa moved more towards big wave charging and less focus on the coloured singlets. McGee excelled  at big Pipe both prone and dropknee and will be forever remembered for his gutsy death or glory performances. This photo taken early 90′s by Joseph Libby.

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Posted: March 12, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Kainoa McGee at the office riding for Viper Fins in ’91 adv.Photo Hoover.

 

 

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Posted: September 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Probably the most versatile bodyboarder the sport has ever seen. Kainoa could charge the biggest waves both prone and dropknee, he could tear apart small waves unleashing the latest new school DK moves and be a World Title contender pushing Mike Stewart for top honours. This shot taken at Rocky Point around 1990 by Ted Grambeau .

 

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Posted: July 15, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Big Kai competing at Pipe in the mid 90′s.  Hawaii born and bred, Kainoa was one of Stewart’s biggest rivals for many years and he was able to utilise his prone and Dropknee skills depending on conditions. One of the most feared competitors in the 80′s and 90′s Photo Stroh

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Posted: April 2, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Kainoa McGee in the competitors tent in ’89 as he prepares for his heat. Amping up and getting loose as Shawnee Oide massages and Mike Stewart looks on. Photo Stroh

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Posted: January 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

The multi talented Kainoa McGee took dropknee to places previously unknown and attempted. Throughout the late 80′s and early 90′s Kainoa powerful but fluent style proved that riding Dk in heavy waves and not spinning out was a reality. His predecessor Jack The Ripper charged hard but Kainoa took it a step further and made it look easy. This pic was taken in Puerto Escondido.

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Posted: November 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm

There once was a time when bodyboarding was literally taking over from surfing. As the numbers of bodyboarders  swelled in the lineup kids worldwide were becoming  converts overnight as guys like Mike Stewart, Paul Roach and Kainoa McGee brought the sport some hard earned respect. It would not last long but during this time anyone who saw Kainoa McGee dominating out at Pipe on the biggest days would be a liar if they wern’t impressed. Kainoa was in a class of his own both prone and Dropknee. Sure Stewart was calculated and a tube riding perfectionist where Kainoa was just  pure animal. He’d take off on the biggest , meanest wave and make it at all costs. What a legend and there has been no one like him ever since. Below Kainoa in action mid 90s photo Stroh

 

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Posted: September 23, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Kainoa rides his bodyboard with brute strength. He makes mush of this Sebastian Inlet left in the late 80s pic by Mike Balzer.

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