JAWS – MAUI SURF BREAKS BIG

MAUI JAWS STUDY

In my last post, I mentioned having a workshop on the next day with big waves – and it did not disappoint!  Jackie and I had worked together the last two years and this year we decided to do a two day photo workshop, allowing us more time to get to some of the further out spots of Maui and the Hana side.  The first day, Jaws was breaking BIG – like, 40+ feet – so after a quick sunrise shoot at Ho’okipa Point, we made our way down the road to Pe’ahi.

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Over the course of the next 90 minutes, we both shot many frames of these incredible surfers riding these beautiful epic waves.

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It doesn’t seem too long ago that there were maybe 10 guys in the world that were surfing these monster waves.  Not anymore.  There’s 35 surfers in the above picture and there’s still at least a dozen more out of the frame.

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These surfers are incredible athletes with insane focus and nerves-of-steel – and that’s putting it mildly.

MAUI JAWS STUDY

MAUI JAWS STUDY

MAUI JAWS STUDY

MAUI JAWS STUDY

MAUI JAWS STUDY

What a wonderful way to start a two-day photography workshop, I have to say.  (Thanks Jackie!)  From photographing Jaws, we continued on to Wainapanapa State Park, a secret black sand beach, and many more stunning locations over the two days.

And, for those surfers that were out there taking on these epic waves – Bravo!


 

4 thoughts on “JAWS – MAUI SURF BREAKS BIG

  1. Wow Scott! What great photos of the Jaws swells. I love to see them in black and white! I can’t begin to thank you enough for the two days I spent shooting with you on Maui. Shooting the surfers was pure FUN. I chuckle when I think of us both observing the same surfer that did some wild move through our cameras on our long lenses and both laughing at the same time while the crowd around us just saw the mass of surfers. Sometimes photography brings people into a place that others can’t see. You are a great photographer but also you are a great teacher! I always meet with you and plan on taking a ton of notes but at the end of the day I might have one thing written down. What I learn form you happens throughout the day in observing your process and technique. Just in the drives from one location to another, in the conversations about photography I am learning. Probably more important than any of these things however is the enthusiasm and love that you have for photography. It is like a magical dust that falls onto the fledgling photographers in your wake. I feel very privileged to have been able to explore photography and the island of Maui with you. Thank you again for sharing you special and important gifts with me and others.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words Jackie! It really is my pleasure. I get so much out of the time together and continue to learn and grow as well – so, thank you! I hope we can continue on your next trip to Maui.

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