El Niño has already been extremely giving (or violent, depending upon how you look at it) to the Pacific coastlines this winter. But over the weekend a massive swell lit up every big wave spot from Hawaii to California to Mexico and everywhere in between.
With that, Jaws lit up, the Todos Santos Big Wave Challenge went down, and Waimea Bay was completely shut down. Get caught up on one of the most adrenaline-packed weekends in big wave surfing to ever go down.
You might remember Niccolo Porcella as the guy who had the most epic wipeout of 2015 at Teahupoo. Well, he wanted to start 2016 off right and get another terrifying wipeout at another famed big wave spot—if you don't believe us on that just watch the first 20-seconds of Porcella talking and you'll understand what we mean.
Anyways, this one was while he was kitesurfing at Jaws and when he realizes he's not going to make it he decides to bail and tries to jump over the wave. Bad idea. But Porcella is definitely a guy who enjoys the rush.
Consider this an early Christmas present (for you, not for these surfers). History was made at the famed big wave spot Jaws (aka Pe'ahi) off the island of Maui earlier this December when they held the first-ever Pe'ahi Challenge. The first paddle-in surf contest at the treacherous Jaws, it certainly lived up to the hype. And when waves were pushing 60-foot, well you know there was bound to be a wipeouts compilation at some point.
On Sunday, December 6, 2015 history was made at Jaws (also known as Pe'ahi) on the Island of Maui. The first-ever paddle-in surf contest was held at Jaws in 40-60-foot faces for the first Pe'ahi Challenge. For many years Jaws was strictly a tow-in wave, but that's been changing over the last couple of winters.
With his victory, big wave charger Billy Kemper forever ties himself to Jaws and his uncanny ability to be in-tune with everything the spot can dish out. It was a historic day at Jaws that'll go day in big wave infamy. Check out some of the highlights below.
The final nominees have been named for the XXL Big Wave Awards, and they're always a crowd favorite: the Wipeout Award nominees. Seeing big wipeouts are always cringe-inducing, and this year's 5 nominees are some brutal ones. Sporting a menagerie of human-pounding waves, it's tough to decide which one is actually the best (err worst).
Watch all 5 below and let us know which one you think should take the award.
The biggest and the best from 2014/2015