We’ve had a crazy busy weekend and I missed it! The waves were pumping on the North shore, according to what I’m seeing online with up to 50 ft waves! Crazy! They’ve apparently died down but are expected to pick up again in the coming days.
This weekend the Pe’ahi (Jaws) Challenge was held with professional surfers trying their luck on these giant waves. Check here for the MauiNow news article, look at the Jaws Pe’ahi Maui facebook page for pictures and video.
Where is Jaws? Well, that’s the thing. There is no public access, so to get there you would be trespassing across private property. Event organizers pull special permits, but they do not include public access. However they do televise these events.
Where is the North shore and where can you go see these waves? Well, while not quite Jaws height, Ho’okipa lookout just outside of Pa’ia is one of my favorite wave watching places. The parking lot is busy when the waves are pounding, but it sure is a beautiful place to check out those waves!
Please be careful – these waves are for very experienced surfers and even they get into trouble out there. If in doubt, don’t go out!