Located in Northwest Maui, Peahi – Jaws is probably the most well-known surf spot in the world. This big wave spot is known for handling any size and creating a right-hand barrel you could fit multiple buses in. What sets Jaws apart from other big wave spots is its perfection. You could shrink it down and it would still be an A-Level break. It isn’t necessarily the biggest wave in the world, but definitely cannot be rivalled in terms of opportunity and power. Jaws was the first big success of the tow-in movement, but there has been a paddling renaissance here lately, which has become more common than towing. It is basically suicide to try and surf here if you are not a pro with years of tow in experience. The waves here break for up to 200 meters over a coral reef. Winds are often the problem here and can create massive ribs and speed bumps on the face when not ideal.
What are the best surf conditions for Jaws?
Gets good between triple overhead and however big the swell is. You will be surfing either a gun or tow in board here. This break is suitable for advanced or pro-level surfers. The surf here does not break often (3/10) and will be a little bit crowded (6/10). The best winds are from the South. The best swells are from the North. Works throughout the tide.
We recommend wearing board shorts or a bikini year round here. Water temperatures range from 27 to 24. See the temperature chart below for more data on this.