On at Jaws
Thanks to a powerful storm in the North Pacific, Maui big-wave epicenter Jaws roared to life. Some of the world's best big-wave riders were on hand to take advantage of a two-day run of 20-foot surf, and among the standouts was rising star Kai Lenny.
Once again, Shane Dorian found one of the biggest, longest waves of the swell. The man continues to set the bar for what is possible in giant waves.
Signs of satisfaction are inescapable in Dorian's salty grin.
Grant "Twiggy" Baker
Grant "Twiggy" Baker takes on one of the biggest waves of the day. Taking off steep and deep, he was forced to negotiate a very dangerous drop.
Grant "Twiggy" Baker
This is the end bowl of Twiggy's big one, and after this he pretty much called it a day. In the words of Kenny Rogers, "Know when to walk away."
A perennial standout at Jaws, more often than not Albee Layer finds himself in the right place at the right time.
This is the view from the other side of the peak, with Layer doing his thing.
Kai Lenny, Victor Lopez, Milton Martinson
Kai Lenny, Victor Lopez and Milton Martinson make their way out to Jaws from the nearby harbor.
Keala Kennelly continues to be at the forefront of women's big-wave surfing. She got some really great waves during her session.
There are plenty of underground guys who charge Jaws, and Trevor Carlson is one of them.
In 1999, Noah Johnson became the youngest surfer ever to win the Eddie Aikau Invitational at Waimea Bay. He may be a few years older now, but he's charging harder than ever.
Yuri Soledad was one of the first guys to paddle Jaws and he still gets out there. A Brazilian transplant, he's been living on Maui for years now.
Soledad goes for a late air drop on the right. It didn't work out so well, and Soledad took some serious punishment.
Ian Walsh is as solid as anyone at Jaws, but after slipping off the back of his board on this drop, he took an absolute beating.
Ian Walsh (pictured holding his board) takes a break to recover after a rattling hold-down.
Along with Kennelly, Paige Alms is one of the few women regularly pushing boundaries at Jaws. If she's not careful, she just might make a career out of it.
Hardly waiting in vain, Alms makes a rainbow connection between sets.
Taken under the wing of Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama when he was a youngster, Lenny has matured into one of the premier surfers at Jaws. He's capable of riding the biggest waves on traditional big-wave gun, a stand-up paddleboard or just about anything else that floats.
Lenny juices up his jet ski before hitting the water.
Bored with his normal routine, Lenny busted out a custom jet board that he rode on the left -- switch stance.
Will Hunt drawing a treacherous line on a wave of significant size and power.
Circling The Wagons
A break between sets gives the surfers and rescue teams a chance to reassess the conditions and make any necessary adjustments. While they all enjoy a good ride, it's safety first when you're a Jaws regular.
Former XXL Awards winner Danilo Couto has some fun a on big, clean left-hander.
While most people watch the action at Jaws from the nearby cliff, there are plenty of boats out in the channel that bring boards, supplies, photographers and spectators.
Carlson making it look way easier than it is. Sliding into an afternoon bomb, he takes advantage of pristine end-of-the-day conditions.
Alms, one step ahead of the beast.
Sometimes pulling back is the best thing you can do. Carlson lets one get away.
Dorian pondering a lineup that looks considerably more perfect than it does dangerous. But don't let the beauty fool you, Jaws is one of the most dangerous waves in the world, and Dorian knows that full well.
Keala Kennelly, Paige Alms
After a day of tackling giant Hawaiian surf, there are plenty of reasons to cheer.