For the record, the wave is called Peah’i. It is known worldwide as Jaws, and that name has certainly been justified by the numerous heroic rides and terrifying situations the wave produces. It is stated in Hawaiian history that Peah’i valley was a sacred proving ground, and that only the most esteemed warriors were allowed to prove their honor and valor by challenging the break in whatever craft they could. Surely there were many humbling encounters, one would think.
The wave exists due to a large seamount that sits atop the deep channel that flows out of Peah’i valley. Due to its depth, it only begins to break when the swell is over 8 feet of open ocean of groundswell. Certain swell directions are better than others. It is one of the wonders of the World when it is 20 feet plus. A wave unto its own unlike any other. Wide open to East Winds. Wide open. To gaze into the gaping Jaws of Peah’i from the channel is an experience that electrifies the soul and changes your perceptions altogether.