Keala Kennelly © Billabong
Surf News, 21 June, 2012 : - - Keala is a Kauai-born surfer who turned pro at age 17. She has accumulated so many awards/wins over her career, there are too many to mention, but her most recent awards include 1st place at the Nelscott Reef Big Wave invitational 2010, winning the Billabong Girls Best VBILLABONG GIRLS BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD in 2011, and her fantastic 2nd place finish in the Bud Light Lime Surf Series June 3, 2012.
Since being the first woman surfer to tow in at Teahupoo in 2005 Keala has focused heavily on Big Wave surfing, recently catching what is arguably the best barrel ever ridden by a female surfer at Teahupoo during the Code Red swell of 2011. In addition to her career as a pro-surfer, Keala also is an accomplished actor, having played key roles in the movies Blue Crush and Step into Liquid, and starred as Kai in the HBO series John from Cincinnati. When she's not surfing or acting, Keala also is a DJ.
Bombora is a gluten-free, Australian vodka distilled 5 times from premium red and white grapes grown in the Barossa Valley in Australia. Bombora means "Reef" in Aborigine. Bombora is all about sun, surf and sand and was created in the famous surfing region of Surfer's Paradise in Australia. When the Bombora team set out to search for a great brand advocate, and they found Keala, they knew immediately she was a perfect fit.
According to CEO Dave Freyder, "Keala is a fierce competitor, is passionate about life and surfing, and exactly the type of person we want representing our brands. She's fun, was born a surfer, and loves the nightlife as well. She embodies Bombora's culture - "It's Fun Down Under" – in every way possible.
From Keala's perspective, "I'm super excited to be joining forces with Bombora Vodka. Their Vodka is super smooth, and I have mixed up quite a few yummy cocktails. Together we are going to collaborate to create all kinds of fun and mischief together. Just thinking about it is making me thirsty." Check out Keala winning the 2011 Billabong Girls Best Performance Award: