SLIDESHOW: Peʻahi “Jaws” Swell Nov. 11-12November 11, 2014, 10:19 PM HST · Updated November 13, 6:29 AM 0 Comments
Our current large northwest swell peaked Tuesday morning. Several big wave surfers were out in the line up at Peʻahi “Jaws” again. We updated the slideshow and added photos from Wednesday’s surf session.
The first Peʻahi “Jaws” swell of the 2014 – 2015 winter swell season is upon us. The large Veteran’s Day swell was generated by former Super Typhoon Nuri. After becoming extratropical and merging with a frontal system the first week of Nov. 2014, the storm became the strongest non-tropical storm ever recorded in the NPAC.
According to one of our surf photography contributors, long-time Maui resident Jimmie Hepp, on Tuesday the wait between sets was at least 20 minutes and some of the sets that came through weren’t rideable. Asa Ellison was also snapping shots from shore and estimates there were about 10-15 big wave surfers in the line up. Gavin Shigesato of Shige Photo told us Grant Twiggy Baker and Will Hunt caught standout waves and Trevor Carlson, Kai Lenny and Shane Dorian caught some bombs. Two women, Keala Kennelly and Paige Alms, were out in the line up as well. A boat was moored at a safe location on the side and five jet skis were providing tow-in and safety services.
Though not a giant XXL swell (310-335°) waves built to more than triple overhead. The swell is expected to peak and hold through Wednesday morning, Nov. 12. The National Weather Service has extended the High Surf Warning to 6 p.m. on Wednesday for surf in the 20 – 30 foot face range for the north shores of Molokaʻi and Maui. The west side of Molokaʻi is expected to be impacted by waves with 12 – 20 foot faces.
The NWS advises the public to expect ocean water occasionally sweeping across portions of beaches, very strong breaking waves and strong longshore and rip currents. Large breaking surf, significant shore break and dangerous currents will make entering the water very hazardous. Boaters should be aware of an increased number of surfers in the water and dangerous conditions entering and leaving harbors.