Earlier in the week, World Surf League (WSL) issued a yellow alert indicating that conditions at Pe’ahi surf break looked favorable for the cbdMD Jaws Big Wave Championships.
On Tuesday December 10, the green alert went out to 34 of the world’s top big wave surfers and fans alike.
Green means go!
Held at one of the most dangerous surf breaks in the world, the WSL’s premier big wave competition is scheduled for December 12. Live coverage will begin at 12:30 PM EST at WorldSurfLeague.com. Spectators can also tune in to coverage through WSL’s free app, available for Android and Apple products.
Current forecasts indicate that the competitors can expect waves of 35-40 feet with occasional 45-foot faces as the swell peaks. Favorable east-north easterly trade winds are currently forecast at 16-20 knots (approx. 18-23 mph).
Legendary Maui surfers John Roberson, John Lemus, and John Potterick likened Pe’ahi’s dangerous, unpredictable conditions to a shark attack and gave it its nickname, “Jaws.”