Billy Kemper Wins Peʻahi Challenge

December 7, 2015, 7:45 AM HST · Updated December 10, 4:59 AM
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Maui’s Billy Kemper won Sunday’s Peʻahi Challenge in massive 40-50 foot-plus surf conditions at the popular surf spot often referred to as “Jaws” along Maui’s north shore. Surfers paddled into the swell with no-tow assist making the risk that much more daunting.

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    The Peʻahi Challenge is the second Big Wave Tour event to run in the 2015/2016 season and the first of the Northern Hemisphere window, according to the World Surf League.

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    The WSL says that with the win, Kemper earned 15,625 points and is the current Big Wave Tour rankings leader.

    PE’AHI CHALLENGE FINAL RESULTS:

    1 – Billy Kemper (HAW) 22.77
    2 – Albee Layer (HAW) 19.33
    3 – Greg Long (USA) 16.26
    4 – Ian Walsh (HAW) 1.00
    5 – Gabriel Villaran (PER) 0.80
    6 – Shane Dorian (HAW) 0.00

    PE’AHI CHALLENGE SEMIFINAL RESULTS:

    SF 1: Greg Long (USA) 21.53, Billy Kemper (HAW) 16.66, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 12.03, Trevor Carlson (HAW) 11.04, Shaun Walsh (HAW) 8.66, Carlos Burle (BRA) 3.34

    SF 2: Albee Layer (HAW) 23.60, Ian Walsh (HAW) 19.79, Shane Dorian (HAW) 17.67, Mark Healey (HAW) 14.09, Nic Lamb (USA) 10.07, Kai Lenny (HAW) 9.56

    PE’AHI CHALLENGE ROUND 1 RESULTS:

    Heat 1: Billy Kemper (HAW) 21.07, Gabriel Villaran (PER) 18.17, Carlos Burle (BRA) 17.27, Nic Vaughan (USA) 16.70, David Wassel (HAW) 8.33, Nathan Fletcher (USA) 6.00

    Heat 2: Greg Long (USA) 24.50, Shaun Walsh (HAW) 23.83, Trevor Carlson (HAW) 14.74, Aaron Gold (HAW) 6.00, Makuakai

    Heat 3: Albee Layer (HAW) 11.93, Nic Lamb (USA) 10.34, Mark Healey (HAW) 9.63, Yuri Soledade (HAW) 9.27, Tyler Larronde (HAW) 7.61, Grant Baker (ZAF) 5.34

    Heat 4: Ian Walsch (HAW) 21.67, Kai Lenny (HAW) 19.21, Shane Dorian (HAW) 18.17, Natxo Gonzalez (EUK) 4.01, Koa Rothman (HAW) 1.20, Anthony Tashnick (USA) 0.20

    2015 WSL BIG WAVE TOUR TOP 5 (after two events):

    1. Billy Kemper (HAW) 15,625
    2. Makuakai Rothman (HAW) 13,156
    3. Albee Layer (HAW) 13,020
    4. Greg Long (USA) 10,850
    5. Nic Lamb (USA) 10,565
    Massive sets rolling in at Peʻahi. Image shows one of multiple lost jet ski rescues. Image credit: Jack Dugan.

    Massive sets rolling in at Peʻahi. Image shows one of multiple lost jet ski rescues. Image credit: Jack Dugan.

    Billy Kemper. Photo credit: Kalani Prince, Jack Dugan

    Billy Kemper. Photo credit: Kalani Prince, Jack Dugan

    Malika Dudley interviews three of the worlds top big wave surfers (also Maui locals): Ian Walsh, Kai Lenny and Albee Layer (right to left). Photo credit: Jack Dugan, Kalani Prince.

    Malika Dudley interviews three of the worlds top big wave surfers (also Maui locals): Ian Walsh, Kai Lenny and Albee Layer (right to left). Photo credit: Jack Dugan, Kalani Prince.

    Malika Dudley interviews Peʻahi Challenge winner Billy Kemper. Photo credit: Jack Dugan, Kalani Prince.

    Malika Dudley interviews Peʻahi Challenge winner Billy Kemper. Photo credit: Jack Dugan, Kalani Prince.

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