Jaws Shows Its Teeth

Peahi’s big-wave hotbed goes haywire; producing plenty of XXL-nominee rides and wipeouts.

Jaws is a little bit angry every single time it breaks. The wave is one of the most treacherous chunks of ocean this side of hell, truly earning its namesake. But this past weekend, Jaws was especially treacherous.

It was especially volatile. People got sent to the hospital. A boat flipped over. And some of the most exciting rides of the year went down.

Now let legendary lens-master Brian Bielmann's photos do the rest of the talking.

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Dan Ross, charging
Dan Ross, Jaws

Dan Ross, charging

Remember when Dan Ross was on the WCT? Well, this is what his post-tour life looks like.

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Kai Lenny negotiates the drop
Kai Lenny, Jaws

Kai Lenny negotiates the drop

Let’s talk business.

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Shane Dorian’s aquatic mountain
Shane Dorian, Jaws

Shane Dorian’s aquatic mountain

A few days prior to this, Dorian was in the continental United States snowboarding. He booked a last-minute flight home to ride mountains that were a deeper shade of blue.

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Ian Walsh takes his turn
Ian Walsh, Jaws

Ian Walsh takes his turn

Ian, along with Shane, was snowboarding just before this. Think he’s psyched to be back in board shorts?

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Damien Hobgood charges
Damien Hobgood, Jaws

Damien Hobgood charges

Think Damo is missing competing at the 2014 Quik Pro Gold Coast? Our money says no.

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Volatility
Jaws

Volatility

We weren't kidding — the ocean was angry.

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Unknown and insane
Jaws

Unknown and insane

Just your everyday, run-of-the-mill random dude who surfs massive waves.

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Ian Walsh, inflated
Ian Walsh

Ian Walsh, inflated

The hunch on his back indicates that he had to deploy his inflatable safety vest. The smirk on the face indicates that he isn’t even rattled.

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Kai Lenny on the SUP
Kai Lenny

Kai Lenny on the SUP

Taking a stand.

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Jaws
Jaws

Jaws

The name says it all.

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Shane Dorian takes a dig
Shane Dorian

Shane Dorian takes a dig

Just as every dog has its day, every king takes his tumble.

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Dege O’Connell on a bomb
Dege O'Connell

Dege O’Connell on a bomb

Within the danger lies the thrill.

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Dege gets saved
Dege O'Connell wipeout

Dege gets saved

It’s a brotherhood. Dege fell on that last wave and took a real beating. He then got scooped up by his fellow waterman and taken to the hospital.

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And then a boat flipped
Boat flipped

And then a boat flipped

A rescue was necessary, but everyone survived without any life-threatening injuries.

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