By John Virata
When the ancient Polynesians set sail on their voyaging canoes hundreds of years ago, they brought several provisions with them to ensure they would survive wherever they landed, which happened to be what are now the Hawaiian Islands. Pigs were included in those provisions, and those formerly domesticated pigs have since run wild on many of the islands in the Hawaiian chain.
One local man raised and recently taught several descendants of the original pigs how to surf. That’s right, Kai Holt of Hawaii Kai raised a wild pig named Kama and taught him how to surf. And when Kama, who has his own Instagram page @kamathesurfingpig, got too large for a surfboard, Holt built him a canoe.
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“Kama’s surfing career lasted about one year until he became too big, so we built him a canoe to canoe surf on,” Holt told Petcha.com. With Kama out of the lineup, Holt and his son Braiden, taught Kama’s son, Kama 2 how to hang hooves.
“Kama 2 first started surfing at about two months old,” Holt said. “His first surf spot was Seconds! It’s a secret spot on the south east side of Oahu,” Holt said. “He’s surfed baby Haleiwa, baby Queens, baby Makapu’u, Sandy Beach, Makaha, Treks, Coronets and a bunch of secret spots.”
The Holt family are obvious animal lovers, telling Petcha.com that they have goats, sheep, chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, cats, dogs and Jackson chameleons on their farm. But they hold special the pigs that they keep, especially Kama and Kama 2.
“Kama and Kama 2 are both very loving cuddlers that love belly rubs and hugs,” Holt said. “And they like to sleep with me!”
While dogs have been surfing for decades, Kama and his son Kama 2 are likely the first father-son pig duo to ever ride a surfboard.