Move over Kardashians, the world has a new celebrity whose name starts with a K, and he’s way more athletic, loveable, and (let’s face it) useful than any of you will ever be. So it’s not really all that important that he’s not actually human.
Meet Kama, the surfing pig. Or maybe you already have, since he’s already a huge star. Born in Bellows Beach, Hawaii, Kama started surfing when he was just a piglet. But he’s come a long way since then, getting the attention of local and national media, along with his own Instagram account. He’s even scored sponsorship deals that have netted him free surfboards, clothes, and a GoPro, while, this year, his likeness made it onto the 2014 Honolulu Film Festival poster.
As with the best origin stories, Kama’s is a zero to hero tale. Kama first met his guardian, Kai Holt, when he wandered onto Holt’s campsite in late 2013. Holt soon figured out that the piglet was an orphan and decided to keep him, naming him Kamapua’a (Kama for short) after the hog-man fertility god of Hawaiian mythology.
Not long after, back at home, Kama fell into Holt’s swimming pool. Though Holt was surprised that pigs could even swim, it turned out that Kama took to the water like a fish. And, when Holt headed down to the beach with Kama and a stand up paddle board, Kama tackled the waves like a pro.
These days, Kama’s managing bigger waves than any other pig has done; a Hawaii News Now story cites a surfing pig in new Zealand, but says he’s only riding ankle slappers. Kama, on the other hand, is no stranger to bigger surf and the wipeouts that come with it, which he just shrugs off like any old pro.
Even with all the recent attention, though, Kama’s managed to stay humble. He still leads a quiet life with the other animals on Holt’s farm, and keeps his bonds of friendship with Holt strong, following him everywhere. Kama also keeps his diet clean and vegetarian, so he won’t get too heavy for a board. And aside from surfing, he doesn’t put on any human airs.
In the end, Kama’s just a simple pig who likes to surf, and that’s what people love about him. “You know surfing is Hawaii’s gift to the world. It’s like true happiness,” Holt says. “That’s what this guy does. Everywhere he goes he just makes people smile and laugh. He just brings joy to the world.