Sunday, 19 October 2014

Kama and Zorro, the surfing pigs

Meet Kama, short for Kamapua'a*, a pet pig that routinely surfs the beautiful waves of Hawaii along with his owner Kai Holt. Kama came into the hands of Kai’s life by accident, when Kai found him as an abandoned piglet on Bellows Beach in Oahu.

Soon after, another accident happened. Kama fell into the family pool and Kai saw that Kama could swim. This should not surprise us as most mammals instinctively know how to swim.

A while later, the two of them were heading to Sandy Beach and Kama was jumping on Holt's surf board.

"You know surfing is Hawaii’s gift to the world. It’s like true happiness, you know, that’s what this guy does. Everywhere he goes he just makes people smile and laugh. He just brings joy to the world." says Holt.

Interestingly, Kama is not the only surfing pig. A YouTube search for "surfing pig" also reveals Zorro, a pig in New Zealand that "shows surfers how its done".

Zorro is a mixture of kunekune and domestic pig, and possibly a little wild boar. He goes surfing with his owner Matthew Bell every morning on the beautiful beach of Mount Maunganui in the Bay of Plenty.

However, unlike Kama, Zorro doesn't seem to enjoy big waves:
"He gets a bit scared when it's double overhead, and double overhead for a pig isn't very big." says Bell.

* In Hawaiian mythology, KamapuaŹ»a ("hog child") is a hog-man fertility superhuman associated with Lono, the god of agriculture.

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