Historically the only way to get your hands on the Pe’Ahi leash was to be presented with one on the Haiku-Pauwela cliffs as you prepared to paddle out and take on the massive wave
Right now, the 24 Titan invitees will be dropping everything and making their way across the globe to be at Half Moon Bay on Friday morning.
Waimea was first surfed in the late 50’s and remained very much at the forefront of big wave surfing into the 1980’s, before a desire to hunt down other massive waves and the arrival of tow surfing diverted attention elsewhere.
The surfer Laurie Towner who was the stunt double for Utah actually suffered a broken jaw after wiping out at Teahupoo.
Magno, who is sponsored by Science Bodyboards, made history, when he kicked his way over the edge of the 40ft+ wave
It turned out the plucky teenager was in fact Adam Amin, a 19 year old from Sidmouth on the south coast of the UK, a place not known for massive surf or wave chasing hellmen.
As if trying to control a skimboard in gigantic and windy conditions wasn’t hard enough in the first place, Brad also had to contend with a windsurfer dropping in on him
Tom certainly had someone watching over him on the day and was lucky not to have been knocked unconscious by the ski, the fact that both Tom and the ski where travelling at the same speed in the same direction definitely helped, although Tom’s surfboard didn’t escape ding free.
Giant waves continued to unload at Jaws as the week went on and some of the best watermen in the world couldn’t resist the opportunity to don their wetsuits and dig out the paddleboards, tow surfboards, windsurf boards and kite gear.
Sunday night TV viewing is normally pretty dull, so imagine my delight when I discovered the Pe’ahi Challenge was being streamed live and I was able to get online and watch some of the worlds best big wave surfers throwing themselves over the edge at Jaws.