A crew of Maui big wave surfers – led by Ian Walsh and Billy Kemper – didn’t disappoint hundreds of locals lining the cliff overlooking the wave also known as Jaws, at the 2017 Pe’ahi Challenge. The Maui Boys dominated Round One, with two other Valley Isle natives, Albee Layer and Kai Lenny, joining Walsh and Kemper in the Semifinals. Here’s a slice of some of the day’s best action.
Pe’ahi, also known as “Jaws”, breaks off the northern coastline of Maui with the ability to produce waves in excess of 60 feet. The event premiered in 2015 and has witnessed exceptional performances since its addition to the Big Wave Tour.
Just in time for this promising swell, Quiksilver and WSL are proud to announce their partnership supplying the new Quiksilver Highline Airlift inflatable vest to the competing surfers. Created in collaboration with Aqua Lung, a world leader in SCUBA equipment, this game-changing product is designed to improve personal safety in tough conditions. BWT competitor Jamie Mitchell from Australia will be one of the official Quiksilver Highline Airlift ambassadors starting at the event and states: ““From wearing a set on the head at Nazaré to taking off late at Maverick’s, these vests are made to help you in a range of situations you may face as a big wave rider.”
More information about the Quiksilver Highline Airlift vest can be found here. The product is now available at a selection of retail stores worldwide. Stay tuned on www.worldsurfleague.com for regular updates on the Pe’ahi Challenge.