Born in Houston, Texas, Ken started surfing at the age of 13. He surfed and worked in surf shops until he had the finances to move to Hawaii where he could ride larger waves.
Ken mastered big wave surfing on Oahu’s North Shore. His rise to surf legend was meteoric; his first big win in professional surfing was the Duke Kahanamoku Surfing Classic in 1982. On January 28, 1998, Ken rode the biggest wave ever ridden in history on the North Shore of Oahu. This wave was considered to be in excess of 85 feet. That same day he also rode another 20 waves between 40 and 65 feet to make this the largest day ever ridden.
Ken’s dream has always been to be one of the best big wave riders in the world. It looks like his dream may have come true. Today Ken is a Co-Director of the World Tow Surfing Association. He works with the Coast Guard and Hawaiian Life Guard Association to help set guide lines, rules and regulations for this new fast developing sport in Hawaii. He trains constantly.
In the springtime Ken enjoys snowboarding.