A few hundred yards off the north coast of Maui, a wave has broken for millennia. A wave so big nobody thought to surf it until recent years. Or if they did, they surfed it with their mind, the concept of physically surfing a wave that big simply out of the question. But in the 90s, intrepid surfers began windsurfing the wave, then, later, towing into it propelled by personal watercraft. Today, it’s the biggest ridden wave on Earth. When it breaks, it’s usually accompanied by ferocious winds, making it all the more dangerous and difficult to surf. The local name for the place is Pe’Ahi which means, simply, “Wave.” Surfers call it Jaws.


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