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13Mar/14Off

Jason Polakow’s favourite top 5 waves – Video

Jason presents his top 5 waverides from Australia to Hawaii.

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27Jan/14Off

Surfing at Jaws – Video

Francisco & Niccolo Porcella and many more were surfing Jaws. Jake Miller produced a great action clip.

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19Nov/13Off

JAWS – LAST OF THE WINTER SWELLS

JAWS - LAST OF THE WINTER SWELLS

Story & Photos John Carter

During the big-wave winter season on Maui, fierce storms off the eastern coast of Japan and south of Alaska’s Aleutian islands radiate pulses of energy from over 3000 miles away across the Pacific until they hit the distant shores of the Hawai’ian chain.

(This feature originally appeared in the August 2013  issue of Windsurf Magazine. Print and digital subscriptions for readers worldwide are available HERE.)

Usually this process is game over come April, when spring brings more reliable trade winds and smaller swells. Breaks like Peahi, (a.k.a Jaws), will normally hibernate all summer, leaving big-wave addicts to hunt elsewhere for their adrenaline fixes.

But in early April 2013, a rare late-season swell blipped onto the radar with a solid 3.6m at a 16-sec period forecast – by no means the biggest swell Hawaii can produce, but most likely enough to trigger Jaws to light up. John Carter was lucky enough to be on Maui to witness the occasion and, with the help of the riders involved, brings us the story from a memorable day.

PRELUDE

DANY BRUCH

For the last few years I’ve been super keen to try out this amazing break. I always wondered what Jaws would be like to sail. I mean, we get massive waves in the Canaries, but I really wanted to experience a huge swell in Hawaii. I didn’t expect it to break so late in the season, but once I saw the forecast I was determined not to miss it.

A few days before I’d arranged Matt Schweitzer’s boat to be there for the day, from sunrise to dawn – that should have it covered! I started to call some mates to share the costs and formed a crew. Everything was sorted, now we just needed the swell to hit! We arranged to check it out at 6 a.m.

I don’t know if I was still short on caffeine or what, but I could hardly see any sets break. I was so bummed. We delayed the boat for a bit, had breakfast with some friends and then checked again at 8, at 9, and at 10 a.m. But still no waves and it really looked like it wasn’t happening.

So we called it off and cancelled the boat. Boujmaa [Guilloul] and I then decided to go for a sail at Ho’okipa, but to our surprise it looked pretty crap – with lots of current and gusty winds.

Then we heard Kauli was going to sail up to Jaws from the lighthouse at Haiku. That helped clear it in my head. “Let’s get out at Jaws – no matter what!” The only problem was that the boat had been called off so our only choice was to jump off the rocks as well …

BOUJMAA GUILLOUL

I wasn’t so sure about the forecast, nobody was! The period was so-so and the size was not predicted to be that big. Dany Bruch eventually talked me into it. He was organizing a boat beforehand and trying to get a crew to share the costs. In the morning we checked, but the break wasn’t that consistent. We waited for the swell to pick up but it didn’t really improve. Finally Dany had enough of waiting so we went back up to Jaws and decided we were going to jump off the rocks and just give it a go.

KAI KATCHADOURIAN

I spotted that swell a week before and just hoped the call would pull something together. When I saw it would be windy with some bigger waves late on I kept my hopes up that a few solid ones would roll through.

MARCILIO BROWNE

I decided I was going the night before and booked up Keith Baxter’s boat to take us up. It looked like a solid swell. Not massive, but I was sure it was enough for Jaws to break. Sometimes when the forecast is like that it just gets too big and messy at Ho’okipa, especially when there’s a lot of west in the swell. I felt like there was nothing to lose. This was most likely the last big swell of the season and I didn’t want to let it go to waste.

GRAHAM EZZY

I couldn’t find a ride so I went to Maliko Gulch and tried to hitchhike up on somebody’s jet ski. Nobody had any room but I was determined not to miss a Jaws session. We only get one or two a year.

I knew that Robby and Kauli had launched there before. It was kind of scary just driving down the track. After that it was just a matter of scouting the right spot to launch and waiting for the right moment to jump in. It wasn’t so bad in the end!

KAULI SEADI

I saw the forecast was looking very promising. It wasn’t going to be massive, but for this time of year it was extremely lucky to get a shot at riding Jaws. I was actually feeling very sick the day before. I had a serious fever and pain all over my body but I knew I couldn’t miss this opportunity. I headed up to the lighthouse at Haiku to try and jump from the rocks but there was so much mud I turned around and rigged in Maliko Gulch. It took me over an hour and fifteen minutes to get upwind and make it to Jaws.

KATIE MCANENA

I’d been eyeing up the forecast for about a week coming up to the Friday and was hoping to get out there via a boat. I’d intended to bring my gear and check it out on the day but was never going to make a decision about going out to windsurf it until I’d checked it out first-hand and knew exactly what the conditions of the day were. Unfortunately the boat I was included in with Dany, Muzza, Boujy and Flo fell through so that was no longer an option. After sizing it up over a couple of hours and watching the guys I ultimately ended up approaching it by launching off the rocks at the base of the cliff.

 

THE SESSION

KAI KATCHADOURIAN

The swell started on the small side but there were some very solid sets by evening. Later on, I got a really good one from deep behind the pit, a familiar line for me when the swell direction is NNW like that. It’s such a good feeling to drop into those walls. It was a sick way to end to the wave season in Hawaii.

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29Sep/13Off

Antoine Martin – Is he the new Kauli?

When Kauli got interviewed recently by the French Planchemag, he stated that the “next Kauli” might be Antoine Martin. Do you agree? Here comes Antoine sailing (on his bad tack) at Ho’okipa and Jaws (and lived to tell the story)!

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29Aug/13Off

STORY OF A BEACH MAN

STORY OF A BEACH MAN

STORY OF A BEACH MAN

Awesome documentary on probably the most vivid character in windsurfing and beach sports – Brian ‘Action Man’ or ‘Irie Man’ Talma.

You can read more about Brian and his Beach Culture World Tour Diary in the July and August 2013 issues. ACTION!

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4Jul/13Off

IAN MOURO AND LEVI LENZ | MAUI 2013

IAN MOURO AND LEVI LENZ | MAUI 2013

IAN MOURO AND LEVI LENZ | MAUI 2013

Jaws and Ho’okipa action from the Brazilian crew, filmed by Kevin Pritchard and Theo Reynal.

Hawaii 2013 Levi Lenz and Ian Mouro from Levi Lenz on Vimeo.

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3Jul/13Off

Maui 2013 action – Video

Watch really nice wavesailing action performed by Levi Lenz and Ian Mouro Lemos at Ho'okipa and Jaws.

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8Jun/13Off

Marcilio Browne – Hookipa – Jaws

Tons of style from the hottest rider in Maui, whether it is digging rails, throwing sick planning air takas or simply pulling double forwards. Marcilio Browne’s latest clip. Loved the slo-mos!

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7Apr/13Off

Jaws Crash – Antoine Martin

He’s got balls! Antoine Martin takes the waves in Jaws in the middle like Robby Naish, but unfortunately crashes.

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28Mar/13Off

APRIL ISSUE #324

APRIL ISSUE #324

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BREAK FREE – THE OPEN YOUR MIND ISSUE!

The April 2013 Issue of the world’s only monthly English-language magazine is out now! If there’s an issue to inspire you – this is it! – grab your copy by App now or the Print version in the shops soon!  

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Inside This Month:
LEAVING THE COMFORT ZONE!

Contents

ROCK STARS:
No jet skis? No worries! Jason Polakow and Robby Swift defied some bone-crunching shore-dump and jumped off the rocks to sail JAWS

Jaws

DAY TRIPPERS:
Timo Mullen and JC visited the flip-side via the Eurotunnel to sample Jules and Justin Denel’s local Normandy beaches

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ICELAND AIR:
Thomas Traversa and Jules Denel cooled down last summer with a chilled-out trip to the arctic fringe

TURKISH DELIGHT:
3 pro ladies from 3 disciplines took a fresh approach with some fun-filled cross-training in Turkey

PLUS

ALEX MUSSOLINI PROFILE:
John Carter quizzed Spain’s stylish Aloha classic-winning star and – after a podium finish in 2012 – assessed his chances at a World Title in 2013

WHAT GOES ON TOUR:
A selection of PWA Slalom pros throw out their opinions on how racing should be run, ideal training partners and what it takes to make the cut

PWA

TESTS:
A sizzling selection of 120L summer freeride boards and the latest 7.5 twin-cam sails get a thorough examination

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MEDITERRANEAN TRAVEL GUIDE:
Our recommendations for the best spots to enjoy hassle-free summer holiday fun, off-peak tips and even a few spots with some ramps!

LOW_DOWN:
Hot Sails Maui say their new SpeedFreak sail is revolutionary – founder Jeffrey Henderson tells us why

TECHNIQUE:
Must-reads whatever your level – Harty on frontside wave riding in onshore conditions, Cribby on how vital strap placement is to stance and Sam Ross on how to learn anything new

REGULARS:
Entertaining columns from Robby Swift, Peter Hart and Kai Katchadourian, Le Defi Wind Guide and all the latest news and equipment

 

PRINT & DIGITAL  SUBSCRIPTIONS available HERE or via subs@arcwind.co.uk

 

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