Aussie Kai Otton qualified for the ASP World Tour in 2007 after four hard years in the World Qualifying Series, but he still entered the elite ranks as somewhat of a dark horse. Despite the lack of media hype, his consistency continued at the top level, as he scored a top 15 finish in his rookie year.
Since that promising debut, things haven’t always gone smoothly for Kai. He again finished in the top 15 in 2008, but he dropped down the rankings during an injury-plagued 2010 season. He came back strongly with a win at the 2011 Saquarema Surf Pro International, and he currently lies in 12th place in the 2013 rankings following a semi-final appearance at the Billabong Tahiti Pro.
Bon in 1979, Kai embraced all sorts of sports as a skinny grom, only concentrating on surfing from the age of 12. However, coming from the off-the-radar country town of Tathra, New South Wales, things were never easy - he drove to Australia’s more high profile spots, surfing events without a seed and working in surf shops to earn enough to get by.
Kai developed his smooth style and explosive turns at a young age, and his calculated backhand surfing and powerful forehand prowess have made him a consistent threat at every event on the Dream Tour. "I just really want to be an all round surfer,” he says. “To be able to surf traditionally but also try a bit of new school trickery.”
- Age: 34
- Height: 1.80m
- Weight: 77kg
- Nationality: Australia