Although Kuli (short for Nankuli) the cat started out with meager beginnings in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he was adopted weighing less than one pound, and required the removal of one eye at four months due to an infection; the rescue kitten, now one-year-old, is making waves for his ability to catch them!
“‘Kuli started his surf training at four months old after his operation and he was only about six months old that he began surfing,” Alexandra Gomez told The Daily Mail. “His first time in the water, we just let him float on the board by himself near the shoreline and I would paddle around with him. Before we knew it we were looking for waves to surf. For a while I took Kuli out on my long boards, but it wasn’t until I was playing around with a boogie board one day that I realized he really loved to get his claws into the foamy material. So we bought a board that Kuli would be able to get out on the surf with.”
Adopted by Gomez and Krista Littleton when he was just three months old, Kuli required regular baths to treat his eye condition – a ritual that helped him to adjust easily to the feel of water on his fur.
Today, Kuli is the proud owner of a boogie board (purrfect for sinking his claws into), and has the sea in his blood. Even when he’s not catching rays or waves, you can spot him peeking out of Gomez or Littleton’s beach bag as they run daily errands; but he’s truly at home with his toes in the sand.
“Although he started off life very weak and malnourished, he has grown very quickly into a very tolerant cat and loves the water – probably thanks to the numerous baths he’s had while recovering from his operation,” said Gomez. “Before he could swim confidently on his own, Kuli always wore a life jacket. He still wears it from time to time depending on the conditions — but we are careful not to take him out if it is too windy or the water is too rough.” Watch Kuli in surfing action above. Talk about one cool cat!