Maui has become well known among extreme sport enthusiasts for giant
waves on the north shore that break over offshore shoals during
periods of exceptionally high surf. A short four-wheel drive through
the pineapple fields at the base of Peahi Gulch, west of Keâ€˜anae Pt.,
brings spectators to the high, rugged, and unprotected muddy cliffs
overlooking the facous surf break called â€œJawsâ€, or locally â€œPeahiâ€.
Here expert tow-in surfers and windsurfers ride the 12 to 21 m faces
of waves moving at speeds up to ~48 km/hr, frequently with film crews
capturing their feats from helicopters overhead. Large swells are
required to cause waves to break over the deep reef in the smallÂ steep-sided bays of this area.
Lens by: Ovi Banuta
Canon 7D, Sigma 800mm f/5.6