Kalle ripping apart the not so rippable Finnish coastline.
Kalle Carranza was born in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and grew up surfing the desolate beaches of Mexico’s Pacific coastline. He started surfing at the age of 9 and never looked back. At 15 he got his first clothing sponsor; sunglasses, shoes and board accessories sponsorships came soon afterwards. After winning the Mexican Junior Nationals, Kalle moved to San Diego, California to chase the professional surfer dream. Shortly afterwards Kalle went on vacation to Oahu, Hawaii and ended up extending his vacation to surf some of the world’s most famous surf breaks. Kalle got his first 2 page spread in Surfer Magazine in 2000 and was voted as one best 100 young surfers in the world in Surfer Magazine’s Hot 100 Poll. He continued traveling the globe competing, and being featured in numerous surf magazine articles all over the world. At 23 Kalle signed a 5 year deal with Reef Clothing and shoes and became a key figure in their marketing campaign being used in magazine ads, posters, and movies.Kalle has 9 international surf covers to his credit, including Surfer Magazine, Surfer’s Journal, Waves Magazine, Surfeurope and Surfos amongst others. At 28 years of age, Kalle grew tired of the surfing lifestyle and decided to move to Finland to study for his BBA.
We had the pleasure of working with Kalle as he was doing his internship at Makia as part of his BBA program. At the moment he’s on the brink of graduating and moving back to Sayulita Mexico to run his family’s surf resort. We wish this Finnish-Mexican powerhouse all the best with his future projects and are following them with interest !