The Red Bull Paddle at Pe’ahi waiting period officially ended last Friday March 15th for the 2012/2013 winter season. In order to be called on, the Maui competition requires waves in the 30-50 ft range with light to no winds. Since the necessary conditions did not occur in order to run the competition, the organizers of Red Bull Jaws are searching for new options to expand the holding period for the 2013-2014 season.
Hawai’i is famous for it’s outstanding swells during the winter season, with Jaws pumping out the largest surfable waves of all. These huge waves depend on winter storms that begin in the NorthWest Pacific and the duration and directional path of these storms will determine the quality and size of the waves that form on the northern shores of the Hawaiian Islands.
Now that the window has been closed, the 21 invitees of the competition will shift their focus to other countries and breaks that have heavy swells brewing.
“Attention shifts down below the equator now,” says RED BULL JAWS creator and invitee Ian Walsh. “We probably have another week or two we can milk it in Hawaii and then Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Fiji, and Tahiti become a big hit on the radar for me that I’ll be paying close attention to.”
Regarding the closing of the RED BULL JAWS holding period, Walsh said, “It pays off to be patient and not force the event. I’m glad it wasn’t called on. All the calls the contest organizers made were spot on. A lot of the days we were watching potential swells on the charts panned out to be really mediocre in actuality. Hopefully next winter offers more opportunities to tune in our equipment, get time in at the break, and get to run.”
Red Bull does not consider the first year of the Red Bull Jaws event as a loss, because of having the opportunity to establish relationships with Alexander Baldwin Properties, the local community, the City and County of Maui, Senator J. Kalani English and the State of Hawai’i during the waiting period. Athletes also had the chance to get to know Pe’ahi better to make the next event even more intense.
Competition holding period will begin again in winter 2013-2014.