Pe’ahi Challenge big-wave surf event on green alert

Photo courtesy World Surf League
Photo courtesy World Surf League

The World Surf League (WSL) Big Wave Tour (BWT) announced Tuesday that it is placing the Pe’ahi Challenge in Haiku, Maui on Green Alert to potentially commence at 2 p.m. Hawaii time on Thursday, November 10, with a projected 30-foot-plus swell heading towards the region.

“We have been tracking a storm from the Pacific Northwest and anticipate a promising swell to deliver for our first BWT event of the Northern Hemisphere season,” said Peter Mel, WSL BWT Commissioner.

Pe’ahi, also known as “Jaws,” breaks off the northern coastline of Maui with the ability to produce waves in excess of 60 feet.

The Pe’ahi Challenge will be contested by 24 men, led by current rankings’ leader Grant Baker (ZAF), reigning BWT Champion Greg Long (USA), and defending event winner Billy Kemper (HAW).

The rest of the men’s field includes:

  • Makuakai Rothman (HAW)
  • Nic Lamb (USA)
  • Josh Kerr (AUS)
  • Albee Layer (HAW)
  • Carlos Burle (BRA)
  • Damien Hobgood (USA)
  • Cristian Merello (CHL)
  • Mark Healey (HAW)

Performer of the year BWA Invites:

  • Shane Dorian (HAW)
  • Jamie Mitchell (AUS)
  • Aaron Gold (HAW)
  • Kai Lenny (HAW)

Pe’ahi Event Wildcards:

  • Ian Walsh (HAW)
  • Shaun Walsh (HAW)
  • Tyler Larronde (HAW)
  • Yuri Soledade (HAW)
  • Dege O’Connell (HAW)
  • Francisco Porcella (ITA)

There will also be three WSL wildcard spots to be announced.

And for the first time in WSL Big Wave Tour history, the world’s best female big wave surfers will compete at Pe’ahi with 12 individuals vying for the maiden women’s title.

  • Keala Kennelly (HAW)
  • Paige Alms (HAW)
  • Andrea Moller (HAW)
  • Bianca Valenti (USA)
  • Emily Erickson (USA)
  • Savannah Shaughnessy (USA)
  • Justine Dupont (FRA)
  • Jamilah Starr (USA)
  • Maya Gabeira (BRA)
  • Sylvia Nabuco (BRA)
  • Laura Enever (AUS)
  • Wrenna Delgado (HAW)

The event premiered on the BWT last winter with exceptional performances in epic conditions.

The Pe’ahi Challenge will be webcast LIVE at WorldSurfLeague.com and on the WSL app.

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