Above photo: Kuda Shots
Friday, January 15, 2016 will go down in history as one of the best paddle-in sessions ever at Jaws. Conditions were absolutely perfect, with light winds and the latest El Niño generated swell, the North Shore of Maui was pounded with waves faces reaching well beyond 50-feet.
The massive El Niño generated swell is now headed straight for the West Coast, where a collection of the world's best big wave riders are prepping for Sunday's Todos Santos Challenge.
This resulted in one of the best paddle-in sessions in history, and when the day was done everyone was talking about Aaron Gold's beast. Gold's feat, which beyond wave of the day, is an instant contender for this year's TAG Heuer XXL Big Wave Award, and already in the conversation for being the biggest wave ever paddled into in history.
As of Saturday, the same swell is now headed for the West Coast, where a collection of big-wave stars are gathering for the next stop of the WSL Big Wave Tour, the Todos Santos Challenge. The event is scheduled to run on Sunday, January 17, with an anticipated start time of 9:00 am PST.
The Todos Santos Challenge webcast will be available to view at worldsurfleague.com, and on the WSL app.
Other notables on their way to Mexico include Pe'ahi Challenge winner Billy Kemper, big-wave legends Greg Long and Mark Healey, current WSL Big Wave World Champion Makuakai Rothman, Championship Tour veterans Josh Kerr and Damien Hobgood, and local standouts Kohl Christensen and Rusty Long. The draw for the 24-man roster will be posted on Saturday evening as surfers arrive for check-in in Ensenada.