THE calm conditions at Happy Valley yesterday morning were a far cry from the unpredictable surf in Hawaii where Keahi de Aboitiz scored the wave of the winter at Backdoor Pipeline earlier this month.
But the four-time consecutive and current world kite- surfing champion was more than happy to kick things down a gear during a week-long break on the Sunshine Coast.
De Aboitiz mixed it with fans and those as passionate about his sport as he is when he appeared at an event sponsored by Kite Action and Sunshine Coast Stand Up Paddle Centre at Caloundra.
The Noosa Heads charger said it was great to chill out and enjoy the company of about 20 people stand-up paddle boarding on the Pumicestone Passage yesterday morning.
"It was good to see people coming out," he said.
"I don't get home too much so it was great to put on a bit of a demo where people could come down and come for a paddle with me.
"I don't actually get down this way too much, but it's a place for fun waves and perfect for stand-up when it's small and clean."
Although ecstatic at the opportunity to mix it with de Aboitiz, his fans were a little disappointed the wind had not picked up enough to see their idol take to the passage with the kite board.
Instead, they were content with enjoying a free bacon and egg breakfast with the champion.
De Aboitiz has made a name for himself around the world after he started kiting in 2003 and found stand-up five years later.
He will spend another couple of days home in Noosa Heads before flying to Western Australia to compete in the "fun" Lancelin Ocean Classic.
"This is more like a social gathering and everyone comes to kite surf and have some parties," he said.
"Then I will be back to Hawaii at the end of this month and hopefully surf some big waves again before a stand-up competition in February in Oahu at Sunset."
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