An October Day At Jaws

It’s an October day at Jaws, 2015. A large hurricane, named Olaf, has brought in a big swell, big waves. Although not as epic as Jaws is often known for, the wave heights this day were in the 20ft+ range. There were only a few surfers out, and they were not tow-in, which, in some cases, is the only way to catch some of the 40ft+ waves that can come into this are of Maui’s north shore. Jaws, also known as Peahi, as a particular geography that makes for fantastic big wave surf riding, for those who know how to do it, for it is rather dangerous. To take a spill on one of these massive waves will put anybody through the grinder.

 

On this particular day, few surfers were out in the water. Although they were towed out with jet skis, they were not towed into the waves; they had to paddle to catch the wave. Moreover, the jet skis were not there to rescue them should they take a spill and wipe out. Despite the lack of numbers, both in the water, and on the cliffs observing, as is typical of a Jaws event, it was an October day at Jaws worth experiencing.

An October Day At Jaws

 

An October Day At Jaws On The South Shore of Maui, Hawaii

Kite surfing on Maui

Kite surfing is a popular sport and fun to watch….

kite surfing

Jaws December 8, 2009

When the surf is up enough, and Jaws is ‘going off’ it becomes a rare attraction drawing not only world class surfers, but a huge crowd of observes, including photographers, often with very large telephoto lenses.  Helicopters hover overhead capturing images as do boaters who stay away from the waves, but get a vantage point which those on the bluff overlooking the cove do not get. Tow in surfing at Jaws (ie, Peahi) on Maui only occurs a few times each year during the winter months and is a spectacular sight.

Surfing at Jaws, Peahi, Maui