Hawaii has been known for surfing for decades; however, most of the focus is generally on Oahu. But there is an awesome spot in Maui that offers some of the best surfing in the world. Known as “Jaws” and located off the far north shore of Maui, surfers go to this spot to find the best surfing in the world. The surf spot known as Jaws was made famous by Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama and other surfers whom developed tow surfing in order to take on Jaws.
There is a phenomenon behind the famous Jaws surfing location and what is now known as one of the spots offering some of the best surfing in the world. Known as Peahi by locals, incredible walls of water are created in this specific location in Maui as a result of storm swells that originate as far away as the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. These walls of water are beautifully and artistically shaped by a barrier reef. Surfers are towed into the area and literally dropped into the waves. Jaws barrier reef is most definitely for expert and kamikaze surfers. Beginners and mediocre surfers are strongly advised not to attempt Jaws. Even expert surfers have taken the time to meditate, study and contemplate the fearful waves before finding just the right method to ride these monster waves.
Surfers planning to attempt jaws will have to contract drivers with watercrafts to tow them out to the wave, generally on special short boards with straps or 10 to 12 foot rhino guns. Again, it is suggested that visiting surfers not take Jaws lightly, and that they seriously consider the ferocious waves as deadly. Generally, the waves are about thirty miles an hour or more with a total surf time of approximately a minute on waves that are up to approximately 70 feet. The swell direction is generally north, and the wind direction is south. Seldom crowded, the dangers at Jaws include a steep, rocky trail that requires trainers. As far as the actual surf, beware of rips, rocks, undertow and severely, dangerously fierce waves.