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 Your email address will not be published.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 Jan 22 2014, Your email address will not be published.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