MAUI NORTH SHORE. It was at a very shallow beach, but I did get up. BIG WAVE SURFING JAWS. On Wednesday, the 20- to 30-foot waves – created by faraway large winter storms – arrived. Surfing Pe'ahi - Jaws Maui. I had the same experience as you did watching the bad behavior of those 4wd trucks that destroyed the pineapple fields driving over them. #peahi @goflymaui. Above all do not litter…Aloha. Soon very soon there are serial multi-million dollar homes going in here so I suspect this area to be inaccessible anyway. Current Wave Data: Below. Slater is the Creative Director for 7Nine6, a media and marketing agency focused on top water athletes, artisans and progressive companies. We went in a Jeep driving through a “shortcut” that was a dirt surface (not a road) with tall grass and weeds growing over the top of the Jeep. Facebook; Twitter; ... "AZD" Mamuad is a pioneering social media entrepreneur who created MAUIWatch to solve the problem of breaking news on Maui. Jaws became alive with surfers and spectators. He has a 10-year pedigree running successful broadcast properties on Maui. The reef and rock formation underneath increases the wave’s magnitude and forms massive barrels. So cool to park at the bottom and watch that killer wave. My advice: wear comfortable shoes, bring water, and have a way to shower afterwards, so many cars kick up dust. Jaws is what surfers christened the break there. Before you add this to your must-do list for your Maui vacation, here is the bad news: chances are you won’t be able to. That is someone’s crop and private property. The crowd of about 40 people on the bluff loudly “oohed” and “aahed” above the music with a heavy bass blaring from a pickup truck. cbdMD Jaws Big Wave Championships. I am not sure what exact road to take from Hana Hwy. Ours was a rental with nothing special. One of the top big wave spots on offer. And Jaws helped us feel that way. First XL size NW swell of 2020 hits the coastlines of North Maui. Billy Kemper Wins cbdMD Jaws Big Wave Championships The surfer from Maui continues his winning streak at Pe'ahi after a commanding performance in 50-foot surf. If you encounter locals down there, be cool, be respectful…this is a once in a lifetime spot. Just left jaws around 4pm local time. As weather forecasts announced the arrival of the first big north swell of the season for Maui, excitement built from big wave riders including local star Kai Lenny to people who love to watch the action, especially at the Peʻahi surf break known as Jaws. Aloha. Walking is fine so long as it’s safe for a girl. Just because you’re not indoors while you’re a visitor here or not don’t forget your manners. Hop over to Maui’s North Shore, and you’ll see what we’re talking about – specifically to a place called “Jaws.” Maui-born Ian Walsh charges Jaws on Maui. Jaws is offPeahi Bluff . Lots of bad behavior. The road was narrow, crowded, and too dangerous to walk. In the series, Lenny talks about chasing his longtime dream of winning the cbcMD Jaws Big Wave Championship. I don’t think it’s open to the public any more. Tours Group and private tours of Maui's North Shore from the comfort of our custom 4x4 air-conditioned 15-seat passenger van. Surfing Ian Walsh Is there a way to get near here on public transit? December 31st, 2012. Mile Marker: Between #13 & 14 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 36) It was an amazing trip and this land deserves to be protected. You need 4wd but then you also need to be a smart car, the roads are narrow and quite dusty. I was there on Big Wednesday too. There were massive deep holes we would never had been able to drive over if we were in a car. The 55 best big wave surfers of all time is an exclusive extreme surfing club. “The only big name out here is Kai Lenny, and he’s been out here all day nonstop,” said Brooke Neborsky, who arrived at the Peʻahi Lookout at 5 a.m. and stayed until sunset. Photos: Jaws Big Wave Championships. Should you get stuck, no one is coming for you (tow truck). The big wave riders and the spectators are back at Jaws today, with the big north swell still around. Then try Hookipa just down the road. Above are highlights from the biggest and the best session of the year so far. GPS Coordinates: 20.942202,-156.300688 Seeing a spectacle such as Feb. 10 is an event not to be missed. Nobody’s coming to clean up after you. #Jaws is going off right now! Mike. Experience Jaws, the most famous big wave venue in the world through the eyes of the local surfers that know and love Maui's North Shore. ... Justin Edwards from Drone Above for the breath-taking video, and all the brave big wave surfers that rode these monsters. If your not surfing or not with somebody who is, please don’t come on a boat. Depending on what you’re driving, you could get stuck and need assistance. Photo Credit: Cammy Clark, Slater and Brooke Niborsky capture the action at Jaws during the first big north swell of the 2020-21 surfing season. I have to ditto what you said about respecting the land or “Aina” as it is referred to. Brooke documented his footage on a laptop. "It was my first wave," 34-year-old Gold says. I was at Peahi aka Jaws on Big Wednesday Dec. 14th 2004. If I should happen to forget, I bought a DVD of it from a photographer who shot a video that day. But Slater added: “Only about 15 actually caught a wave.” A few just stayed on their boards and watched.  Hamilton prefers tow-in surfing the giant waves of Peʻahi reef (known as the Jaws surf break) on the north central shore of the Island of Maui. 5 hours covered in dust but worth it! We just arrived to the dirt road and was greeted by a man with a red machete. Maui is a very spiritual, magical, and majestic place. Lastly I do not recommend that you try to drive a convertible rental car, any rental car unless it’s a Jeep or similar vehicle through there. In February, he won the prestigious Nazare Tow Surfing Challenge in Portugal and his sponsor Red Bull just released a TV series about him called “Life of Kai.”. Minuses: The access road can be 4WD New storm biggest in 10 years! When the North Shore surf is big, Jaws is gigantic. MAHALO, Hi, we are coming to Maui the first two weeks of March and would love to be able to see Jaws. It was the day Jaws turned the volume up to levels we haven’t seen in a long time. I have been to Hawaii six times and this has been a dream. Sound-bite: [crashing waves, cheers and helicopters], Disclaimer on the rating: Red Bull Jaws contest. You get the message. Jaws: interesting facts about Maui's big wave surfing break 1. The Neborskys estimated about 25 to 30 surfers were at Jaws over the course of the day. As far as driving to the overlook goes, the best route is shown in the Google Map below. Didn’t need towing in. Pe’ahi is Maui’s biggest surfing break, and the yearly Billabong XXL Global Big Wave contest has listed Jaws as the winning break more than any other place. Attention Tourists- Jaws aka Peahi is certainly something to see however the masses of people have somewhat spoiled the the experience….DO NOT attempt to drive the road down unless you have 4 wheel drive, especially if it has rained-forget it if it has rained the main viewing area will be a giant puddle and you will be greatly disappointed. He asked if we were crazy, we’ll get stuck down there and be robbed. Shawn Dollar holds the official record for the biggest wave (paddle in) at 61 feet, ridden in 2013. Mahalo. https://www.hawaiimagazine.com/content/9-peahi-waves-you-have-see-believe The weather can be hot if there are light winds. If your not surfing or not with somebody who is, please don’t come on a boat. What better way to end the year than surf big waves at Jaws, Peahi, Maui (or watching!) Huge waves were surfed at Pe’ahi (Jaws). Offshore in a southerly wind. Construction of big homes are in progress by the looks of our drive-by yesterday. Your email address will not be published. Jaws can hold huge swells and provides long rides for those willing to take on this epic wave. Ho All , I have been a resident of Maui almost ten years. You may use these HTML tags and attributes: Original info & content © 2009 to 2021 Maui Guidebook.com, LLC, Maui, Hawaii. Derrick and I got to Kahului Harbor at 4 a.m. GPS Coordinates: 20.942202,-156.300688 It was called that for a reason. Thank you so much for your words. The rules of big-wave surfing did not apply Monday on the island of Maui. “It does take a little gumption.”. The paddle is about 20minutes if … Photo Credit: Cammy Clark. With the first real big wave swell of the winter smashing into Peahi, the entire surf world had its eyes trained on Maui. “Itʻs a big thing every year, the Haʻikū boys come down here and get muddy,” said Zach Waddell, who was with his brother Joshua. On a day with no big waves there will be no crowds here and walking or attempting the drive is possible. THE EXPERIENCE. You sound like the words on a t shirt, or a tourist brochure. Its thunderous roar rattles surrounding fields of sugarcane and pineapple. This surf mecca is nicknamed Jaws for good reason. Be patient and you will see that it is all worth it! When Jaws is going off, the top names in surfing flock here – and mere mortals follow to watch in awe. Big wave riders, including local surf champion Kai Lenny, enjoy Maui’s first major north swell of the season at Jaws surf break. Why do a few wealthy folks have to bar all others to the joy? Summary Check the surf forecasts! If you are lucky enough to see this in person, you’re sure to appreciate the magnitude of these feats of athleticism. When Sioba was asked if he surfs, he replied: “I did my first surf class today. In late January 2020, huge swell greeted pristine conditions at Maui's premiere big wave, Jaws, and a star-studded cast of big wave surfers were there to put on a show. One of the largest surf breaks in the world is the Jaws surf break in Maui, Hawaii, with waves that reach a maximum height of 12–18 m (40–60 ft). That said, it can rain suddenly on the North Shore, and what looks like a sunny beautiful day can be sprinkled with sudden downpours turning the steeper parts of the road to a surface that’s as slick as ice. Generally speaking, when there’s an incoming swell at Jaws, everyone knows it. 1.5 miles later you are at the cliff, with everyone else! Be “pono”..do what is right. On Wednesday, the 20- to 30-foot waves – created by faraway large winter storms – arrived. However waves which break off Nazaré in Portugal have been recorded to exceed 24 m (80 ft), with estimates of waves ridden up to over 30 m (100 ft), from trough to peak. Found this place on accident heading back from Hana. The Haʻikū boys had seen the big waves and the big wave riders many times before. The biggest rides, wipeouts, and barrels to come out of the Pe'ahi for the first Big Wave event of the season. Oh and there are no port a pottys etc. Jaws was named by surfers John Lemus, John Potterick and John Roberson, in 1975, after the Hollywood blockbuster... 3. There are a few places you can park off to the side of the road (be sure not to block access roads), so if walking 3 miles round-trip is not an option, you can drive in as far as you feel comfortable given the current conditions, and opt to walk the rest of the way. “Jaws” is certainly the most well known, and also the most geographically specific name for the surf break. PC: Bryan Berkowitz for MAUIWatch. You’ve heard about Jaws, right? Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay aren’t the only places to see big-wave surfing in Hawaii. Map: Below | Get directions It was the real beginning of the big wave season in the Northern Hemisphere, and it started off with a bang. Highlights: Top Action from cbdMD Jaws Big Wave Championships The biggest rides, wipeouts, and barrels to come out of the Pe'ahi for the first Big Wave event of the season. Required fields are marked *. Jaws Big Wave Championship Final: 1. It was quite amazing but getting there is quite a feat. 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