Kai Lenny, one of the biggest, most recognizable athletes in the SUP world, as well as windsurfing and kiteboarding and surfing posted a stunning announcement on his Instagram account:
”Words cannot begin to express the amount of gratitude I have towards Robby Naish and his company Naish for the incredible support I have experienced over the past 16 years. Naish was my first major sponsor and has been with me through thick and thin, the good times and the bad, as well as being there throughout my journey of fulfilling childhood dreams of becoming a world champion athlete. It is with a heavy heart that I will no longer be a team rider for Naish. This has been one of the toughest decisions I have had to make thus far in my career, but I am excited for the road ahead as I stay committed to becoming the best athlete and person I can be.”
Kai Lenny and Naish have been synonymous as a team since the beginning of the rise of SUP nationwide, if not worldwide.
The Instagram post offered no indication of future sponsors or what may have prompted the decision. But it did include the YouTube video entitled “Farewell Naish.”