Kehu Butler

  • Name: Kehu Butler
  • Date of Birth:3/28/2000
  • Hometown: Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

  • Kehu Butler is one of the friendliest people you might ever meet — unless you're a wave. The Kiwi’s easy-going demeanor in life is totally polarized by his aggressive approach to surfing. He's fast. He’s powerful. He's progressive. He's consistent. Kehu tears and he flares and he has a preposterous collection of trophies to prove it. Keep an eye or two on him if you enjoy watching people rampage their way up to the top ranks of the surf world. And if you find him on the CT someday, don’t act surprised.



Te Kehukehu is actually Kehu Butler's indigenous Māori name. Above he shreds some waves around his home of Mt Maunganui, Australia's east coast as well as a little bit off Bali mixed in too. Enjoy.

Te Kehukehu Butler

A film by Billy Lee-Pope

Additional Filming: Thomas Crews


Mt Kimble - Delta

Drake - Nonstop

Last week, Kehu Butler was on the Gold Coast with the rest of the Quiksilver team.

He was a familiar face in the waters around Coolangatta. Punting airs at D-bah. Man-hacking his way down the point at Snapper. Linking combos upon combos everywhere. But then, one day, he went missing.

He had to bail. There was a Pro Junior in Western Australia.

Two days later, he returned with him a big trophy and an even bigger grin.

Kehu dominated the Subway Pro Junior Trigg, winning every single heat he surfed. He faced fellow Quiksilver rider Kael Walsh in the final. Kael’s from WA and surfs with the gusto of a man not afraid to sacrifice a limb via a punt gone wrong — in other words, he’s hard to beat. But Kehu’s powerful, progressive surfing was able to do just that.

Good job boys!

Images courtesy of the WSL

You probably already knew that the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast has trials to hand over a few spots in the main event — but did you know that there are trials to get into the trials? Yep, sure are. And we held em today. 


At an empty beachbreak a short drive away from Snapper, Michael Dunphy, Kehu Butler and Cody Robinson proved their merit in front of their peers. Tonight, they’ll sleep well. Tomorrow, they’ll surf in the actual trials. And the day after that, they could be facing the cream of the CT crop at Snapper. The path to victory sure ain’t short. But then again, nobody said it would be.

Life ain’t too bad for a Young Gun. You surf pretty much all day long. And if you’re not surfing, you’re probably eating. And if you’re not eating, you’re probably mucking around and if you’re not mucking around, you’re probably sleeping so that you can wake up and do all of those three things over again the next day.

A simple life, for sure. But still, it requires a few essentials to run smoothly.

At the start of 2017, two of our Young Guns set out on a 3-month long journey of chasing comps and Radical Times. We caught up with Kehu Butler and Rio Waida in Torquay, Australia, where they filled us in on what they simply refuse to leave home without.

What? You weren’t going to skimp on the accessories, were you? Bring a portable charger. And a bluetooth speaker. And a waterproof case. And some headphones.

Drink water! This is not only a plug for our friends over at Drink Water, but also a plea for you to stay hydrated. Much like Saharan camels, our boys know the importance of a steady supply of H2O, and they carry these suckers with them all day long.

You don’t have to use it. You don’t even have to know how to use it. But if you travel with them, people will think that you train really hard and in turn won’t judge you when you order three lunch. Rio said he was gonna swim, but it was “too cold.”

A key necessity for livin’. If you don’t pack a pair of boardshorts with you everywhere you go, then you’re doing it so very wrong. Hell, these kids came to the coldest part of Australia and they all brought boardies with them. Simple truth: you never know when you’re going to need a pair.

Unless you’re chronically obese. Or a polar bear. Or a giant chunk of neoprene that gained consciousness in a miraculous event that defied both science and theology, then developed an appetite for the finer things in life, like traveling, surfing and Stevie Winwood. Wait, Stevie Winwood? Huh?

“The only thing worse than being the person who always bums wax off of their friends is being the person who has to walk into a foreign surf shop and purchase a bar of wax at full price.” -Aristotle

Ever seen a big blank concrete wall and thought wow, that looks bland? So have we. And that’s why stickers exist - to make the world a better place.

If you had eight hands, you could carry a surfboard, a wetsuit, a towel, some wax, a surf mag, a slingshot, a portable speaker and a granola (fine, candy) bar all at once. You probably don’t have eight hands. Which means you definitely need a backpack.

It will hold your cash, your coins, your cards and a small but very noticeable amount of sand that spills out onto the counter or the table any time you go to pay for something. And it’ll look good doing it. These are a grom classic.

When you’re a grommet and you find out you’re going to be sponsored, it’s pretty much a dream come true. When you’re a sponsored grommet and you’re flown to the Quik Pro for two weeks to sit in the Snapper lineup and be sprayed in the face by world champions, be given tips on what it’s like being a pro surfer by Jeremy Flores and Freddy P and have a professional photographer teach you how to get the sickest shot, that’s just next level. Kehu Butler from New Zealand, Lennox Shell from Avoca, Rio Waida from Indonesia, Kael Walsh from Western Australia and Marco Mignot from France have been living the dream and now they've got the taste of life on tour, there's no turning back.