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One-Eyed Rescue Cat Is Also A Superstar Surfer

Kuli is a one-eyed cat who lives in Hawaii and rides his own boogie board. Sounds like a kids' movie just waiting to happen.

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Kuli, chilling here on his boogie board, is the very definition of a cool cat. Via KuliTheSurfingCat/Instagram

Anyone who has ever tried to give their cat a bath knows that most cats and water go together about as well as the girl from “The Exorcist” and a guy with a clerical collar. But Nānākuli, who goes by Kuli, isn’t just any cat. The Honolulu, Hawaii-based rescue cat loves to surf, and he is able to hang ten even though he only has one eye.

Kuli’s owners, Alexandra Gomez and Krista Littleton, told the Daily Mail that the beautiful orange and white cat had to have one of his eyes removed when he was only four months old. Following the surgery, Kuli had to have frequent baths, which his owners believe helped him learn to feel comfortable in the water.

Perhaps sensing that he might enjoy it, Gomez and Littleton started taking him into the ocean with them. That led to Kuli riding on their surfboards before he graduated to a board of his own.

A photo posted by @kulithesurfingcat on

“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,” Gomez told the Daily Mail. “So we bought a board that Kuli would be able to get out on the surf with.”  

Now Kuli is a regular on the beach, swimming and surfing with the best of them. So maybe the key to getting your own cat to enjoy the water is moving to Hawaii? That certainly can’t hurt.

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  • I am jealous, as I do not live in Hawaii nor do I surf on my own surfboard. Kuli rocks the meaning of a “cool cat”.

    Christine Henry February 10, 2016 1:27 am Reply
  • Thank you so much for sharing Kuli with us. He is gorgeous and I bet he’s good on the boogie board. I would love to see him in a video.

    Karen Bartley February 10, 2016 2:02 am Reply
  • Kuli is one cool kitty! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of his coolness.

    Janet R. February 10, 2016 2:46 am Reply
  • WHY DOES HE NOT HAVE A LIFE JACKET ON!! Come on think of you cat’s safety! Be a responsible pet owner if your going to do something like this.

    Patti February 10, 2016 5:45 am Reply
    • I agree about the life jacket. Plus, the whole thing of a cat in the sea, let alone surfing, does not look normal to me.

      Vasilis February 10, 2016 4:40 pm Reply
  • I do hope that Kuli TRULY enjoys the water and surfing which would be shown by an eagerness when he thinks he is going to do it. Does he willingly jump into the water and paddle around in the surf? And I agree with the person who suggested a life jacket. How tragic it would be should he drown. Just keep him safe and loved.

    Lovecats February 10, 2016 6:37 am Reply
  • A cat surfing….that’s something you don’t see every day!

    Kimberlydawn February 10, 2016 7:09 am Reply
  • Kuli has absolutely made my day! What a happy, terrific cat!

    One of my cats has no eyes, and he manages so well. He’s the most mischievous of all my kitties (I have eight rescue cats).

    Thank you for letting people know that special-needs animals are definitely worth saving and live happy lives.

    Hazel Blumberg-McKee February 10, 2016 7:40 am Reply
    • Hazel – you’re an awesome person <3

      KatWrangler February 10, 2016 5:08 pm Reply
    • Kuli is adorable <3 I hope you watch him very carefully when he's out there with you. I'd hate to see you lose him. The ocean can be a dangerous place. So keep Kuli safe!

      KatWrangler February 10, 2016 5:13 pm Reply
  • As a former Kama’aina, LOVE seeing this but you MUST get a life jacket. We know you love Kuli…keep him safe!!! Mahalo for sharing!!

    animalover February 10, 2016 7:55 am Reply
  • I seriously doubt this cat truly enjoys surfing……what else is he going to do but CLING FOR DEAR LIFE to the board? I also don’t believe dogs enjoy jumping out of planes, squirrels loving water skiing, etc. And don’t get me started on the Iditerod!!!!! (sp?)

    Chalene February 10, 2016 8:43 am Reply
  • Kudos to you for not abandoning that poor baby!

    Tami February 10, 2016 9:04 am Reply
  • I am SO GLAD to hear about Kull. Knowing other cats love water sports doesn’t make Ms. Purrseidon’s water obsession seem so strange!

    Jeanne Foguth February 10, 2016 9:14 am Reply
  • I don’t think he’s clinging nor does he look stressed. His ‘parents’ were obviously close/attached -I spotted a harness and lead, but a life jacket? Would that make it easier or harder for him to swim?

    michele February 10, 2016 10:34 am Reply
  • Glad Kuli gets to enjoy water sports with his fur-amily. His people are his most prized possession, as the saying goes – and that is what is most important to him. If he did not enjoy this adventure, he would be paddling for shore at his first opportunity. When the day comes he no longer enjoys his sport, I’m pretty sure his humans will be the first to know. A life jacket would be a good idea for the rogue wave which can make its appearance when least expected.

    Darlene Uhlenkott February 10, 2016 11:24 am Reply
  • Thank you for all you do for Kuli. I too think though that he needs to be wearing a life jacket.

    Joanie February 10, 2016 2:04 pm Reply
  • This Kuli kitty made my day! It would be an excellent idea to consider a life jacket. All animals playing in the water should wear one. 🙂

    Judy February 10, 2016 2:09 pm Reply
  • What a real sporty cat. He’s so cute and such a pro on those surf boards. Kuli is an example of great grace under pressure and is a model for us all. God bless him and his owners who have the foresight and intelligence to bring out the best in a great cat!

    Mary Carol Bryant February 10, 2016 2:51 pm Reply
  • Sorry, but I do not find this cute or entertaining. If the cat romped in a pool it is one thing,..but the OCEAN?? On of these days the owner will have some regrets when a shark grabs this cat. And without a life jacket?? So many things wrong with this picture.

    carol February 10, 2016 3:52 pm Reply
  • I do agree that Kuli needs to wear a life jacket and do hope that you will get one soon, before he has an accident in the water.

    Merle Foster February 10, 2016 5:27 pm Reply
  • Thank you for giving your love, care and forever home to this very beautiful cat. How rare for a cat to enjoy water, much less sit on the front of your surfboards. Yes, I do believe Kuli should wear a life-jacket a

    Judy February 10, 2016 11:32 pm Reply
  • Thank you for giving your love, care and forever home to this very beautiful cat. How rare for a cat to enjoy water, much less sit on the front of your surfboards. Yes, I do believe Kuli should wear a life-jacket and I would be concerned about sharks.

    Judy February 10, 2016 11:37 pm Reply

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