Since Kiana grew up in southern California, she has always had a passion for surfing. After her accident, regaining that balance was a big struggle. However, Kiana was determined to get back into the sport again. In 2017, some of her close friends showed her the upcoming sport of wake surfing. After her first attempt, Kiana was hooked. "I really enjoy wake surfing. It's not really the same as regular surfing, but being able to catch some waves in a lake is pretty sick since I don't live in California anymore. I love the feeling of gliding and carving in the wave. There is nothing like it."
In the 2018 summer season, Kiana competed in her first wake surfing competition where she placed a 4th overall out of 8 advanced fully abled women. Kiana's goal is to acquire her pro card in the next few years and to compete in Nationals and Worlds as the first female upper limb adaptive competitor.
Over the summer, Kiana also got in touch with the ISA in Oceanside, CA where she started to learn to catch some regular waves. She had figured out how to pop up on the board, timing, and carving on a long board. In the summer of 2019, she also went to Maui and met the adaptive surf team, where she training and learned more about ocean surfing with one arm. Her goal is to train with them during their season to make the USA team for female upper limb adaptive and attend the summer Paralympics in 2024.