Making Waves
SUP International|Issue 28 - Summer 2020
At ten years old, Anderson Ellis Kainalu Gallagher, better known as Bobo is already being touted in Maui as the next big waterman to follow in the footsteps of Kai Lenny! We hear from Bobo, his shaper and his parents on his new role as a Fanatic team rider, his idols and how he fits in so much watertime around school and homework!
BOBO GALLAGHER, SKY SOLBACH & ANDREW GALLAGHER

Ten year old Bobo Gallagher is our youngest team member from Maui.

Born Anderson Ellis Kainalu Gallagher, he goes by Bobo - much simpler and it also fits his personality much better. When we met Bobo and his dad Andrew for the first time during our photoshoot on Maui this spring, we could not believe how he was pumping around the lineup at Baby Beach on his SUP Foil board our shaper Sky Solbach had just built for him. The waves were small and he caught one after the other with the boundless energy that’s to be expected of a kid of his age. But he had confidence in his equipment and a strength and focus that made him appear much older. Some voices say Bobo could become Maui´s next big waterman. Let´s stay tuned!

Sky Solbach, Fanatics Maui shaper about Bobo:

“It’s been inspiring to work with Bobo over the past few months tuning his equipment and watching him excel in everything he does. He’s very focused for his age, incredibly fit and approaches all these new challenges he’s setting for himself - like open hydrofoil channel crossings and competing in giant surf at Sunset Beach with a smile on his face. He’s doing it because it’s fun and for the thrill of the next challenge that lies ahead and I believe this is the best possible mindset one can have. I’m stoked to have him on the Fanatic Team and to have the opportunity to put him on the best possible equipment to tackle his future endeavors.”

What do you think of the new gear?

Bobo: I love it. All my Fanatic gear is really fast. I am into design on boards and I like the logo, its simple but it’s recognizable. It’s cool to have people like Sky and Ken Winner who can make a dream to reality by creating boards and foils to meet my style and for them to be right here on Maui is amazing.

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