Top big-wave riders prepare for weekend challenge at Maui's Jaws
Kahea Hart surfs Maui's Jaws surf break in this undated photograph. Image Source: Kahea Hart
PEAHI, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Twenty-four of the world’s top big-wave riders will meet in Maui on Sunday for the first-ever World Surf League Peahi Challenge at the famous Jaws surf break.
The event, which will be aired live on the WSL website, kicks off at 7:30 a.m.
The league said they have given the go ahead for the event in anticipation of surf with 35- to 45-foot faces.
Big Wave Tour commissioner Peter Mel said the event will be a historic one.
"We're excited to be broadcasting it live for surf fans around the world. The buoy readings are really strong and look to be well above the minimum requirement for a big wave event in the 35-to-45 foot range," he said.
Local boy and WSL reigning big wave world champion Makuakai Rothman, who currently leads the BWT rankings after a win at the Quiksilver Ceremonial in Punta de Lobos, Chile, leads the pack of the top-10 seeded professional surfers who will compete.
Maui native and recent winner of the Van’s Triple Crown HIC Pro at Sunset Beach Ian Walsh is also among the event's invitees.