I walked it in sandals, probably a bad choice, but I was walking and following the crowd! First XL size NW swell of 2020 hits the coastlines of North Maui. Your email address will not be published. If your not surfing or not with somebody who is, please don’t come on a boat. And Jaws helped us feel that way. As the sun set Wednesday, Lenny and the last of the surfers finally left the surf break. 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. It was quite amazing but getting there is quite a feat. Most years there are just a few big-wave events with the perfect conditions for surfing Jaws. 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. You, friend, are most beautifully well spoken. At the end of a 1.7-mile bumpy, one-lane dirt road, with lots of mud, locals and tourists watched from a bluff at the top of a cliff and high above the ocean where Lenny and other brave souls were surfing – or trying to surf – the monster waves. But most sets were 10-12. ... Justin Edwards from Drone Above for the breath-taking video, and all the brave big wave surfers that rode these monsters. One of the top big wave spots on offer. I’m staying in Kihei but want to bus to Jaws either from Kihei or Lahaina just to see its beauty. The big wave riders and the spectators are back at Jaws today, with the big north swell still around. I was there on Big Wednesday too. Jan 22 2014, Your email address will not be published. Banzai Pipeline and Waimea Bay aren’t the only places to see big-wave surfing in Hawaii. Is there a way to get near here on public transit? I ride a skateboard so I think that helped.”, Jeb Griffith of Haʻikū said he has been “known to catch a few waves.” He said he’s even caught a few as big as the ones now breaking at Jaws. The rules of big-wave surfing did not apply Monday on the island of Maui. On 30 March 2012, Rowley was a finalist in the Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards 2011/2012, in the Ride of the Year category with his rides at Jaws Peahi in Maui, Hawaii on 30 January 2012, placing him 4th place in the world of elite big wave surfers and meriting the respect of the big wave surfing community. Photo Credit: Cammy Clark. So, you’re going to need some luck with timing! Facilities: None How to Know if Jaws is Going Off Aloha. This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. “Jaws” is certainly the most well known, and also the most geographically specific name for the surf break. Maui Big Wave Surfing, Jaws, Peahi. 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. “Itʻs a big thing every year, the Haʻikū boys come down here and get muddy,” said Zach Waddell, who was with his brother Joshua. Just left jaws around 4pm local time. Thanks alot dude, useful info, me and my family are going to check it out if the conditions are prime. What a shame that Serial Housing Development will crush this beautiful Place for Regular People to experience. Please view at your own discretion. Please don’t litter or leave anything behind. Mike. You will be filthy dirty by the time you get to the cliff- bring water or drinks to prevent dehydration. You get the message. Jaws is located off the North Shore of Maui, in Hawaii. 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. Dan Moore went on to win the year’s XXL Biggest Wave for a 68-footer, but the chaos of the day brought about some changes at Jaws, at least for XXL glory seekers. It was the real beginning of the big wave season in the Northern Hemisphere, and it started off with a bang. On Wednesday, the 20- to 30-foot waves – created by faraway large winter storms – arrived. GPS Coordinates: 20.942202,-156.300688 It was called that for a reason. I don’t know if that ever happened or not. From the lookout, Neborsky’s husband, Slater, had been capturing the day’s action in video using a RED camera with a 600 mm telephoto lens. #Jaws is going off right now! Joshua Waddel said you can tell the locals from the tourists this way: “The tourists walk down here and the locals drive.”. Photo Credit: Cammy Clark, Jaws surf break on Maui drew lots of spectators to watch the big wave riders. One of the top five biggest wave spots in the world is located on Maui. There were massive deep holes we would never had been able to drive over if we were in a car. Huge waves were surfed at Pe’ahi (Jaws). You may use these HTML tags and attributes: Original info & content © 2009 to 2021 Maui Guidebook.com, LLC, Maui, Hawaii. Jaws in Maui and Nazare in Portugal are two surf breaks where the biggest waves in the world are ridden. The internet is a-fire with swell forecast images of red and purple blobs making their way towards Maui. One surfer out in the water w/ sled partner. You need 4wd but then you also need to be a smart car, the roads are narrow and quite dusty. I am on vacation and would love to go there this week.Could I please get direction to view from the cliff. “It does take a little gumption.”. He hopes this is the year. Jaws became alive with surfers and spectators. cbdMD Jaws Big Wave Championships. The crowd was enormous as well. The towns Paia, Haiku, Kuau or Spreckelsville, have good access to the this big wave surfing mecca with surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing and towsurfing all there in there backyards. If two names weren’t enough, according to Kupuna Leslie Kuloloio, the traditional Hawaiian name for this spot is “Ke Kai ‘o Waitakulu”, which he translates as “The Teary Eye.”. Surfing Pe'ahi - Jaws Maui. The paddle is about 20minutes if … Found this place on accident heading back from Hana. The list is long. The cliff is wonderful for viewing, but if you have the resources the best vantage point would be on a boat. Jaws Big Wave Championship Final: 1. The road was narrow, crowded, and too dangerous to walk. We sat in that traffic on that single lane road for quite some time. Current Wave Data: Below. Walking is fine so long as it’s safe for a girl. GPS Coordinates: 20.942202,-156.300688 View this post on Instagram. When the North Shore surf is big, Jaws is gigantic. That’s the one. The Haʻikū boys had seen the big waves and the big wave riders many times before. Required fields are marked *. If you encounter locals down there, be cool, be respectful…this is a once in a lifetime spot. Jaws is offPeahi Bluff . It was an amazing trip and this land deserves to be protected. Tow-in surfing is when the waves are so large that the only way a surfer can get in to them (in one piece, anyway) is to be skillfully towed in, and dropped off, via Jet Ski. It crowds the break. Just because you’re not indoors while you’re a visitor here or not don’t forget your manners. Was close to 15ft. 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.”. 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. Treat this island with the respect it deserves. Check out the Pacific Islands Ocean Observing System (PacIOOS) live wave observation charts here. See photos and a video below. Known to locals as Peʻahi, better known to the rest of the world as JAWS. December 31st, 2012. Iconic surf break Jaws, on the island of Maui in Hawaii, played host to the Big Wave Championships on Friday after a huge swell arrived. From November to March, monstrous swells can reach up to 70 feet pushing speeds of 30 miles per hour. If you are lucky enough to see this in person, you’re sure to appreciate the magnitude of these feats of athleticism. We were there on the 14th, no machete, nothing but 4×4 only spray painted on a piece of concrete. Shawn Dollar holds the official record for the biggest wave (paddle in) at 61 feet, ridden in 2013. I was at Peahi aka Jaws on Big Wednesday Dec. 14th 2004. I had the same experience as you did watching the bad behavior of those 4wd trucks that destroyed the pineapple fields driving over them. Be “pono”..do what is right. In the dark, we could hear the waves crashing onto the break wall. MAHALO, Hi, we are coming to Maui the first two weeks of March and would love to be able to see Jaws. In the series, Lenny talks about chasing his longtime dream of winning the cbcMD Jaws Big Wave Championship. But for Max Sioba, a Brazil native now studying for an MBA in California, it was “amazing.”. 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. The road is very slick when wet, but totally passable in a 4×4 Jeep. "It was my first wave," 34-year-old Gold says. You’ve heard about Jaws, right? All Inclusive Hawaii. The surfer from Maui and first female Big Wave Champion (2016) claims her third career win at Pe'ahi in perfect barreling conditions. 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. Ho All Found this place on accident heading back from Hana. Thank you so much for your words. Depending on what you’re driving, you could get stuck and need assistance. Surfing Ian Walsh The Neborskys estimated about 25 to 30 surfers were at Jaws over the course of the day. Neldon "AZD" Mamuad December 13, 2019 Featured Events. Ours was a rental with nothing special. (Check out the You Tube video below for better perspective of how big these waves actually are.). The North Shore of Maui is one of the best big wave spots in the world. Construction of big homes are in progress by the looks of our drive-by yesterday. Offshore in a southerly wind. Minuses: The access road can be 4WD What better way to end the year than surf big waves at Jaws, Peahi, Maui (or watching!) Should you get stuck, no one is coming for you (tow truck). For those of you interested in watching professionals surf the massive waves of Jaws, … The following are some great photos of waves from earlier today as well as a brief description of our experience watching the surf. Map: Below | Get directions ), Key Info: When Sioba was asked if he surfs, he replied: “I did my first surf class today. [citation needed] 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. The Pe‘ahi Challenge. Check the surf forecasts! Jaws; Jaws Pe'ahi Big Wave Surfing Paddling into monsters! Slater is the Creative Director for 7Nine6, a media and marketing agency focused on top water athletes, artisans and progressive companies. 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. Brooke documented his footage on a laptop. He created KJMD-FM (Da Jam 98.3) in … This spot has become famous in recent years as a tow-in wave, and is only for the most experienced surfers. A few people in 4WD’s didn’t want to wait in the traffic on the single lane road so they went through the pineapple fields destroying them!! It is located off the Hana Hwy in Haiku-Pauwela between mile markers 13-14, close to the Valley Isle Memorial Park (20.942202,-156.3006880). |. Please let me know, The Bad News Mahalo, He’s come close. It was easy to tell when a big set arrived. Tours Group and private tours of Maui's North Shore from the comfort of our custom 4x4 air-conditioned 15-seat passenger van. I have been to Hawaii six times and this has been a dream. It’s a big-wave surf tournament at Pe‘ahi, on Maui’s north shore. PEAHI, MAUI NORTH SHORE HAWAII. But Slater added: “Only about 15 actually caught a wave.” A few just stayed on their boards and watched. When Jaws is going off, the top names in surfing flock here – and mere mortals follow to watch in awe. Of course, there will probably not be any surfers either. Why do a few wealthy folks have to bar all others to the joy? The Maui News This season’s Big Wave Jaws Championship Peahi has been canceled following a state decision to suspended all surf competitions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. “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. I have to ditto what you said about respecting the land or “Aina” as it is referred to. Didn’t need towing in. That is someone’s crop and private property. Above all do not litter…Aloha. Big mistake, though I got some great shots at 300 mm. Jaws is what surfers christened the break there. A few locals stayed for the sunset pau hana, but most of the remaining spectators left the bluff along the muddy, bumpy road by foot, 4-wheelers, motorcycles, mountain bikes, Jeeps and pickup trucks. Oh and there are no port a pottys etc. Although Maui Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Soon very soon there are serial multi-million dollar homes going in here so I suspect this area to be inaccessible anyway. 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. PC: Bryan Berkowitz for MAUIWatch. Lots of bad behavior. Above are highlights from the biggest and the best session of the year so far. The reef and rock formation underneath increases the wave’s magnitude and forms massive barrels. Then try Hookipa just down the road. BIG WAVE SURFING JAWS. This surf mecca is nicknamed Jaws for good reason. 2000s. I was very lucky to be at Jaws Feb. 10 ( see this video by Xensr https://vimeo.com/154970043 ). 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. Lucky us our next stop was the airport. The biggest rides, wipeouts, and barrels to come out of the Pe'ahi for the first Big Wave event of the season. Its thunderous roar rattles surrounding fields of sugarcane and pineapple. Facebook; Twitter; ... "AZD" Mamuad is a pioneering social media entrepreneur who created MAUIWatch to solve the problem of breaking news on Maui. The name “Pe’ahi” has become more popular with surfers trying to draw connection with local culture as of late – so it is now common to hear that name used as well. However, we were able to park at the Hana Road turnoff and catch rides for $10 each way — one by a commercial van, the other by an entrepeneur with a dune buggy. Today (1/23/20) we witnessed epic wave riding across the islands. 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. Jaws works on all tides and best on a north swell. One other note: I brought my 300 mm lens to Maui, but left the 500 at home. One of the questions we are often asked is; Where is Jaws located? (Pe’ahi is actually the name of the much larger ahupua'a.) The Pe’ahi Lookout The waves are so big and so quick that surfers usually get towed […] Call Now 800.843.8771 Let Us Help You! Photos: Jaws Big Wave Championships. You’ll never see anything like it unless you travel the world to surf. In recent years surfers have started paddling in to this break that was previously only attempted as a tow-in. Summary 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 I should happen to forget, I bought a DVD of it from a photographer who shot a video that day. So cool to park at the bottom and watch that killer wave. , I have been a resident of Maui almost ten years. The coordinates are 20.946401, -156.301415; 2. From Jaws to Mavericks, Puerto Escondido, Punta Lobos, Ghost Trees, Belharra, Shipstern Bluff and Todos Santos, Nazare. THE EXPERIENCE. I don’t think it’s open to the public any more. New storm biggest in 10 years! 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. Mile Marker: Between #13 & 14 (Hana Hwy aka Hwy 36) The weather can be hot if there are light winds. Mahalo. 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. I’ve only been once since then. Thanks! Be patient and you will see that it is all worth it! If you are driving, be aware of the very few spots to pull over and let oncoming vehicles pass. CBD Company Named Title Partner for Jaws Big Wave…, JAWS Big Wave Championships Donates to Maui…, Jaws Big Wave Competition Gets Green Light, Alms, Kemper Crowned Jaws Big Wave Champions, New “Big Wave” Platform to Bring Year-Round Surf Content, Maui's Kemper and Alms Win 2017/2018 Big Wave Tour Titles. #peahi @goflymaui. Lenny, 28 and a native of nearby Pāʻia, is the youngest person elected into the Surfing Hall of Fame. It was called that for a reason. A few years ago I visited a website that showed the plans to build those custom homes you spoke of. With the first real big wave swell of the winter smashing into Peahi, the entire surf world had its eyes trained on Maui. My advice: wear comfortable shoes, bring water, and have a way to shower afterwards, so many cars kick up dust. Check out the map in this article, it shows how to get to the lookout via Hahana Rd. https://www.hawaiimagazine.com/content/9-peahi-waves-you-have-see-believe 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. The 55 best big wave surfers of all time is an exclusive extreme surfing club. Nobody’s coming to clean up after you. A post shared by Maui … The lookout on the Peahi cliffs above the break are the best vantage points outside of a boat or helicopter. It was still a bit of a walk from where we parked but the experience of what we saw there (surfing) is etched in my mind forever. This 1.5 mile dirt road currently is graded to a point that cars that aren’t especially low can get in or out when it is dry. He asked if we were crazy, we’ll get stuck down there and be robbed. Jaws: interesting facts about Maui's big wave surfing break 1. It was the day Jaws turned the volume up to levels we haven’t seen in a long time. Derrick and I got to Kahului Harbor at 4 a.m. Red Bull Jaws contest. these riders have set up a new scale in the definition of … When Jaws is going off, the top names in surfing flock here – and mere mortals follow to watch in awe. If you walk down, be prepared , it’s 1.5 miles of winding dirty, dusty (muddy if wet) very narrow road. We just arrived to the dirt road and was greeted by a man with a red machete. All Inclusive Oahu … Check the surf forecasts! 5 hours covered in dust but worth it! On Wednesday, the 20- to 30-foot waves – created by faraway large winter storms – arrived. SURFING JAWS. If your not surfing or not with somebody who is, please don’t come on a boat. Could you help us in any way? Today, November 11, 2017 is the 13th anniversary of our move here. On December 3, 2007, when Brett Lickle was towing Hamilton into a wave on the Maui north shore, called "Egypt", a wave knocked Lickle from the watercraft. I am not sure what exact road to take from Hana Hwy. Maui is a very spiritual, magical, and majestic place. Share. Let’s learn to share this beautiful World. Generally speaking, when there’s an incoming swell at Jaws, everyone knows it. Sound-bite: [crashing waves, cheers and helicopters], Disclaimer on the rating: Be “pono”if you are fortunate enough to experience her beauty first hand. In the meantime, hug the person next to you. Remember to spread the spirit of aloha I hope you have experienced here. It’s uphill on the way back, so the walk back is more difficult. On a day with no big waves there will be no crowds here and walking or attempting the drive is possible. You sound like the words on a t shirt, or a tourist brochure. 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. Pe’ahi is only “must-see spectacular” when the North Shore is having monster surf (look for high surf warnings. As far as driving to the overlook goes, the best route is shown in the Google Map below. Biggest wave in the world? The Peahi lookout is … 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). 1.5 miles later you are at the cliff, with everyone else! I just made my 1st trip to Hawaii in 3/2018. “I surf, but not these ones.”. In a nutshell: The biggest wave surfed in the world each year has been at Pe’ahi more than any other place. He has a 10-year pedigree running successful broadcast properties on Maui. Google maps doesnt show you that regular cars are not advised. Seeing a spectacle such as Feb. 10 is an event not to be missed. Jaws was named by surfers John Lemus, John Potterick and John Roberson, in 1975, after the Hollywood blockbuster... 3. “In Brazil, you never see waves this big,” he said. We had only been living on Maui for a month. It was at a very shallow beach, but I did get up. After riding a spectacular 78-foot wave in Nazaré, Portugal, the Hawaiian waterman entered the Guinness World Records with the biggest wave ever surfed. Jaws became alive with surfers and spectators. MAUI NORTH SHORE. Big wave riders, including local surf champion Kai Lenny, enjoy Maui’s first major north swell of the season at Jaws surf break. 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