“Jaws” Maui Hawaii Showcased World Class Big Wave Surf Break

Jaws Maui Hawaii Showcased World Class Big Wave Surf Break

Simon drops in at Jaws Surf Break Maui Hawaii

Simon drops in at Jaws Surf Break Maui Hawaii

Surfing is a world class sport and pastime enjoyed by millions
around the world and in the USA there are no better waves than Hawaii.


“Surfing Jaws” Part 1

The North Shore of Ohau is home to “The Bonzai Pipeline”, “Sunset Beach
and other world class break but none can compare to the sheer beast
monster wave called “JAWS”, in Peʻahi is a place on the north shore
of the island of Maui.


“Surfing Jaws” January 10 and 11 Part 2

The wave has gone as high as 70 feet and regularly pops out 35 to 40 foot
waves three football fields out with a high peak archive slowly over
perfectly for barrel ride waves. The surf break “Jaws” is by far the
largest wave to surf on the Hawaiian Islands and when word goes
out that there is a swell coming pro surfers come in from all over the world.

As I jumped on a connecting flight from Oahu to Maui I saw some of the professional
surfers and the camera crews loading gear getting ready to sit on boats and
jet skis shooting this epic event.

“Jaws” sits about 2 miles off the the main road on a dirt road and sugar cane field.

It was discovered about 30 years ago and now a whole generation of young and
old tackled and risk their lives riding this beast of waves. Surfers dropping
down the face of a large “Jaws” wave can reach speeds of 45 mile per hour and
with a little chop in the wave from wind, or the wake of another surfer can
ruin your day and send you off your board and into the mouth of the wave.

It sits on a bluff and as the massive waves crush a thunderous roar hits the shore
and send a clear message on the true power of this wave. Once the rider has successfully
survived the wave many time getting rescued is hard since the foam will stall a
jet ski and the boards can wash up separately on the rocky shore.

And is riding the wave was not insane enough walking the trail and just “paddling out”
is no picnic either as you will see when I went down to to Capetown South Africa natives
“Andrew” and “Simon” and followed them down the steep, MUDDY, bluffside trail that had
a fresh rail fall the night before. It was so slick I fell twice and Simon and Andew
had to wash all the mud off their feel before going in. Ropes tied along the trail
are your only lifeline from free falling 30+ feet in some spots.

“Going in” is jumping off rocks that move and provide no firm base. Surfers are
normally “washed up” and bruised on the shins like Simon was when he got in and
as I witnessed my second day there shooting an epic swell that rolled in January
10 (Big Sunday) and January 11. Wave sizes ranged from 20 to 35+ feet with
4-5 set waves giving the surfers all they wanted all day long.

Winner of many of the “Billabong XXL Wave of the Year”, this place offers beauty
and a clean face that few surf spots can match

“Jaws” is an amazing place and if you ever get the chance to see a big wave
break there are none in a finer and more soul location than this place.

I was super lucky to spend 2 days shooting this incredible “big wave” and
spending a day in 2 separate locations and “points of view”. I was excited with
the footage I shot with Simon and Andrew on day two descending down the trail
as I was sitting in a section of pine trees shooting from the bluff.

Enjoy the photos of this epic surf photography journey on my trip to Maui Hawaii.

Sean

See more pics from “Big Wave Sunday January 11 = Photos”

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Getting ready to jump off the rocks to Jaws surf break

Getting ready to jump off the rocks to Jaws surf break

Paddleboarder at Jaws Maui Hawaii Jan 10 2016

Paddle boarder at Jaws Maui Hawaii Jan 10 2016

 Jaws Surf Break Maui Hawaii Jan  11 2016

Jaws Surf Break Maui Hawaii Jan 11 2016

2 Simon dropping in at Jaws Maui Hawaii

2 Simon drops in at Jaws Maui Hawaii

2 Simon drops in at Jaws Surf Break Maui Hawaii

2 Surfer drops in on wave at Jaws Maui Hawaii

2 Surfer girl drops in at Jaws surf break Hawaii

The Trail to Jaws surf break steep muddy section

The Trail to Jaws surf break steep muddy section

The trail to Jaws surf break washing off mud from trail

The trail to Jaws surf break washing off mud from trail

2 Walking the dangerous rocks on the final walk to Jaws surf break

22 Surfers dropping in on monster wave at Jaws Maui surf break

See more pics from “Big Wave Sunday January 11 = Photos”

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