A few years ago, we received an email from a man named Kyron Rathbone. It was in regards to a little boy named Kai Kai Alcala. He lived in the Philippines and appeared to be the happiest kid on the planet.
“Kai Kai is my girlfriend’s son,” Kyron wrote. “He learned to surf before he could swim, and spends most of his free time either on a surfboard or on a skateboard.”
At the time, Kai Kai was five-years-old and ripping. As it turned out, it was in his blood. “Kai Kai’s mom has been the Philippine National Surfing Champion five times,” Rathbone continued, “and her brother is the 3-time Cloud 9 International Masters Champion.”
Then, about a year later, we got another email. It was an update. At six, the constantly smiling Kai Kai was on a path to greatness, his talents growing exponentially.
Now, two years after that first email, we’ve got a third. Kai Kai and Kyron went to Tasmania, where the water was colder than they were used to. That, of course, didn’t stop Kai from “tearing his way around the state” and in classic Kai fashion, he didn’t stop smiling the whole time.