Big Day on the North Shore!

©2010 Ray Masters

We’ve had an epic winter. Not in terms of size but more in terms of usability and frequency.  There really haven’t been too many days of absolutely no waves.  On most days we’ve seen between head and double head high sets all along the North Shore.

A few times it has been big and today is one of those times. This is possibly one of the biggest of the season. So together with the swell we have a good wind blowing…all the right ingredients for a day at Jaws.

The Jaws surf break is the home of tow-in surfing and has reached its worldwide watersports fame largely due to the frequent filming and photography of tow-in surfing legends performing there on enormous ocean waves breaking at the deep reef off the shore.

In order for the surf at “Jaws” to reach its extreme heights, many specific ocean and weather conditions must prevail concurrently. Because ocean swells large enough to produce this kind of surf occur only during winter months, primarily between December and February, they typically coincide with very strong winds which have a large effect on the surf. Other swells, particularly the small but powerful trade wind swells, can make the surf choppy and difficult to ride. There are several other surf spots around the world that boast similar wave heights; however, “Jaws” is famous for its wave forming quality. The reef and rocks at “Jaws” are shaped in a way that magnify incoming swell energy and produce clean and well defined right and left-directional waves with gigantic barreling (hollow, air-filled wave interior) sections.

So, if you are on island, this could be a great day for some spectating at one of the most famous surf spots on the planet. What are you waiting for?

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2 Responses to Big Day on the North Shore!

  1. John Kim says:

    This makes me want to take up surfing, I always admired that lifestyle.

  2. Mahoneys says:

    Hoping that today (3/11) is not too big of a day. I’m talking about tsunamis, of course. Be safe!
    John & Sandy

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