Meet The Pros – Kale Klein
Kale is SERIOUS in his commitment to the game! Enjoy!
Can you list for us your major wins so we can correctly introduce you to our readers?
Riverton, Utah Bronze 4.5
Star Valley 5.0 Men’s Doubles with his Dad, Kyle Klein, Gold 4.5 mixed doubles
Logan Bridgerland Cash valley 5.0 Men’s Doubles with dad
Farmington Summer Classic 4.5
What paddle do you play with and why?
I play with the Amped S2. It has the biggest sweet spot for me and has the best control and power of any paddle I have tried. I have a lot of respect for the Barnes family and how they have been so kind to me, offering their sponsorship through their company, Selkirk Sports.
What is your pickleball story? How were you introduced to pickleball?
I started 7 years ago, at age 6. We visited my grandparents in Sun City. Playing pickleball was okay when I played the first time. The second time, I really got into it. We went home and drew lines to start playing pickleball. I started competing in tournaments at age 8. I love a good rally. I’m strong in the net game. I like it when the points are longer with more rallies, and I enjoy all the nice people I meet.
What is your preference – playing indoors or outdoors?
Do you like singles or doubles better? Why?
I haven’t medaled yet in singles, but I like both!
What is your favorite place to play? Why?
My favorite place to play is the Brigham City courts – it’s about 30 feet from my house.
What is your secret sauce? Any tips for players?
I like to look like a little kid when I come out on the court.
What is your day job?
I am a student in 8th grade.
How many hours a week do you play? How do you make time to play?
I try to play 4x weekly. I play pickleball in school. Not a lot of younger people to play with outdoors.
Any lucky rituals before a big tournament?
My ritual is to make sure I match head to toe with Selkirk gear.
Do you have any pickleball goals you would like to share?
I’m very competitive. I’m in it to win it: USAPA Nationals, Fall Brawl, etc. I have a goal to BEAT BRIAN ASHWORTH!
Anything else you would like to share about your experience being one of the best pickleball players in the world?
I am thankful for this sport. It has helped me to be a better player. I have learned how to talk and partner with older adults and how to be a good competitor.