Maui Real Estate Blog

The El Nino Winter Continues. Peahi, Maui January 27, 2016

El Nino winters in Hawaii are known for drier than normal weather, warmer temperatures and big surf. This year’s El Nino is following the forecast to perfection. January has seen little rain, warm days and a whole lot of high surf warnings. Last Wednesday was described as the biggest surf seen at Peahi, Maui’s renowned big wave break, in over a decade. Today’s rapidly building swell was predicted to bring surf that was almost equal in size. The waves were big and they inflicted quite a bit of carnage on the surfers in the water. Our broker Billy headed down to Peahi, also known as Jaws, right before sunset. He met up with Maui Real Estate Team agent Martin Lenny just in time to see Martin’s son Kai catch one of the last waves of the day. Here are a couple of photos that Billy took from this evening’s surf.


Kai Lenny on his SUP at Jaws


An unknown surfer catches a nice wave at Peahi.


The jet skis on the left side of the photo give you some sense of the size of this wave at Peahi.

The forecast calls for the big surf to continue over night and into the morning before slowly decreasing throughout the day tomorrow. There are still a couple of months left before the end of the this El Nino winter season. I suspect we may see some more really big days at Peahi. If work allows, we will try to get down there for some more pictures and video.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Jaws Takes Center Stage at XXL Awards

The Billabong XXL big wave awards were held last Friday. This annual event honors big wave surfers for categories that include biggest wave, best ride, best barrel and worst wipe out. Many years, the infamous big wave surf break “Jaws” or Peahi on Maui’s North Shore produces rides that are contenders for the crown. This year was no different as a surprise October swell pushed the boundaries of big wave surfing. The biggest award went to Big Island wave rider Shane Dorian for his ride of the year. The same wave also won the “tube of the year” award. The Maui Real Estate Team was on the cliffs on October 9th with video camera in hand to record Shane’s big wave.

Congrats to Shane, the other winners and all of the nominees. A special congrats to Maui surfers Paige Alms and Matt Meola for their nominations for the Girls Performance Award and Paddle in Awards respectively.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Jaws Swell October 9-10, 2012

Maui’s winter surf season kicked off early with a big swell hitting the island October 9th-10th. Big wave riders from all over the world converged at the renowned big wave spot Jaws. The swell was distinguished not only by it’s very early arrival in big wave season, but also by the perfection of the waves. The conditions were a factor in the increased performance level as surfer’s took paddle in big wave surfing to new levels. Shane Dorian led the charge with arguably the biggest paddle in barrel ever ridden at Jaws on Tuesday afternoon. I was lucky enough to be on hand to watch and film some of the action on October 9th. In addition to Shane’s big wave, here is some of the other footage I was able to capture on a historic day in big wave riding.

This is another wave caught by Shane before his big barrel. It was probably the best quality shot I was able to get during my filming.

Shortly before Shane caught his big wave, a monster set steam rolled through the lineup scattering riders and their boards. I missed the first wave of the set which took out about half the lineup. Most of the other surfers were cleaned up by the following waves.

Kai Lenny, son of Maui Real Estate Team agent Martin Lenny, was one of the guys out in the lineup both days. He caught a ton of great waves. Here are a few waves ridden by Kai. I am bummed I missed some of his better waves.

There was plenty of buzz all over the Internet over this big swell. Here are some links to a few other collections of photos and video that I found online.

Maui Photographer Mike Neal’s Jaws Gallery

Surfline’s Opening Day at Peahi

Surfline’s article showing all the action from October 10th at Jaws

The Maui Real Estate Team’s Jaws photo album with a handful of photos I snapped while shooting video.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Shane Dorian at Jaws (Pe’ahi) October 9, 2012

We had an early season High Surf Warning on Maui yesterday. Waves slowly built throughout the day. By late afternoon some of the best big wave riders had congregated at Maui’s infamous big wave spot Jaws. I had the opportunity to head out to watch the action from the cliffs just before sunset. One wave ridden by Shane Dorian has already been receiving considerable buzz as one of the best waves ever ridden at Jaws. I had the video camera rolling and was able to get some footage of Shane’s ride. Don’t mind the off color commentary.

The waves are still breaking this morning. Who knows what great feats may happen today?

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

More Jaws, Maui Paddle In Surfing Footage from January 4, 2012

Yesterday, I posted some pictures and video of the big paddle in session at Jaws on January 4th. Last night, I had the opportunity to sort through all of the video I shot from up on the cliffs. Here is a compilation of my best footage. While it is tough to replicate the energy and the action that you see from the cliffs, I hope it gives you a sense of the size of the waves, and the extraordinary challenge of catching these waves without the assist of a Jet Ski. Enjoy.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Jaws, January 4, 2012

There was a high surf warning today on Maui’s North Shore. That means the infamous surf break Peahi or Jaws came to life. This break has been better known as a mecca for tow-in surfing. The wave was thought to break too fast for surfers to paddle into the big waves so Jet skis were used to tow surfers into the giant surf. Over the last couple of years, the perception that Jaws is too big and fast to paddle has changed. Today marked a shift as surfers were only paddling into Jaws for most of the morning. Jet Skis were only used to pull surfers out of the impact zone after wipe outs. They were put to good use as surfers were charging the big surf and paying the consequences. The speed of the wave combined with strong off shore winds made for a tough entry into the wave and some pretty spectacular wipe outs. Here is a video and some photos from today’s action.

For more pictures of today’s action, check out our Facebook page photo gallery for additional pictures.

Pete Jalbert