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Friday, December 11, 2015

Maui Wowie! ~ Super Sunday @ Jaws For The 2015 Pe'ahi Challenge ~ Photos by Terry Way


I made the trip over to Maui to catch the first Pe'ahi Challenge. The spot, also known as Jaws, is home to the largest surf on the planet. I have always wanted to witness the ocean's power and majesty at this mythical break and on this day, I was not disappointed. As dawn broke, a rainbow formed framing the wave as the sun made it's way up and through the early morning clouds. A small group of witnesses gathered on the cliff. Warm offshore breeze funneled down from the hills fanning the salt spray off the waves giving them an even more impressive presence. Enjoy my photographic documentation of this special day in surfing history.

Flying in to beautiful Maui

The Duke would have loved this masterful display of surfing

A Pe'ahi inspired gate leading to a cliff side compound

Gary Linden, the man behind the Big Wave World Tour concept looking stoked
As dawn broke, Pe'ahi showed her majestic beauty



The first wave ridden was by an unlikely teenager from the U.K. who attempted to paddle from the boat launch a couple miles away and was given a sympathetic jet ski ride by no other than Greg Long. He choose an inside closeout and was quickly rescued by WSL water safety. His foolish tale can be read here.
After this kid was hauled out and taken to the channel, shit got serious. Shane Dorian muscled his way into an absolute beast of a wave using every bit of skill he could muster to pull off this windswept 4 story drop.
 







Next up was 23 year old Maul local Kai Lenny showing a casual and comfortable style in the heavy conditions.

Aussie Mark Matthews made this heroic drop only to be detonated in the whitewater. He suffered a broken collarbone for his effort.





One wave with two Ryans. Josh Ryan & Ryan Hipwood share one before the contest started and get mowed.






Dorian

Francisco Porcella

Damian Hobgood

The left across the bay looking quite towable

Maui local Billy Kemper basically put on a clinic in how to paddle surf Jaws.



Brazillian veteran Carlos Burle took a terrifying wipeout

As did North Shore charger Dave Wassel

Billy Kemper finding his groove

...again


Peruvian Gabriel Villaran



Carlos Burle, take 2




Gabriel Villaran

Carlos on top of a bomb

in a bad situation

Nic Vaughan charging into a solid one

Nathan Fletcher

Dave Wassel on top of a mountain. He chose to kick out.

Kemper...

didn't make 'em all

Wassel in a foamy sea

Maui local Shaun Walsh


Pat Gudauskas

 Aaron Gold

Greg Long on a big wave

Shaun Walsh

Trevor Carlson

Greg Long on a beast















Aaron Gold

Makua Rothman on top but could not get down this enormous wave.

Shaun Walsh


Tyler Larronde


Nic Lamb

Yuri Soledade




Maui local Albee Layer

Mark Healey having a look at the left.


Tyler Larronde

Sketchy board saving attempt


Tyler again

Healey would go!


Albee waves to the cameras

Dorian

Ian Walsh















Kai





Dorian

Koa Rothman had a dramatic wipeout to bodysurf




Ian Walsh


Naxto Gonzalez



Carlos Burle

Greg Long


Kemper


Greg Long



Gabriel Villaran

Mark Healey


Kai


Nic Lamb



Kai


Nic Lamb






Dorian & Healey split the peak

Kai


Ian Walsh snowboarding

Gnarly



Ian

Albee





Albee

Ian


Albee


Kemper



Albee

Long



Albee





This trip was facilitated by two of the best, Vallarie & Diane. I couldn't have done it without you two. Mahalo!


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