Biggest Wave Ever Paddled at Jaws

Chris Hunt

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Updated 2570d ago

When the Hawaiian buoys flash the right numbers, rest assured those leading the paddle revolution are out to change the game, and this swell would never be any different. During this El Nino Winter, the race to paddle the biggest bomb is most definitely on and a new face just stepped onto the track.

On big days at Jaws, there's always a sneaker set to keep the crowds on their toes.

On big days at Jaws, there's always a sneaker set to keep the crowds on their toes.

© 2023 - Tassio Silva

There is going to be a day we paddle where the small ones are all going to be this size.

Aaron Gold from Haleiwa paddled into the biggest wave of the day on the biggest Jaws swell of the season so far –widely regarded as the biggest paddle wave at Peahi, and biggest paddle wave ever is even being whispered. But Aaron is well aware that particular race has no finish.

"I think the craziest thing about Jaws is that there is going to be a day we paddle where the small ones are all going to be this size," he said last week after more Jaws charging earned him an XXL Award

Aaron Gold from Oahu snagged the wave of the day –potentially the biggest wave ever paddled at Jaws.

Aaron Gold from Oahu snagged the wave of the day –potentially the biggest wave ever paddled at Jaws.

© 2023 - Tassio Silva

Peaking 17@17seconds, days like this don't come around too often. What set this one aside from the last few is that the swell peaked in the afternoon rather than overnight, meaning that far more waves could be ridden during the brunt of the swell.

"It was kind of quiet in the morning time until around 10 or 11 o'clock when it just turned on," explains photographer Tassio Silva. "Aaron got what I believe that was the best wave of the day – no disrespect to everyone else that got memorable rides. Ian Walsh, Shane Dorian and so many others were charging at everything that came by. So happy to be there and witness history of big wave surfing going down."

Friday marked the biggest swell of this El Nino winter so far, but with more big wave mayhem forecast for tomorrow there's more juice in it yet.

Ian Walsh on a bomb

Ian Walsh on a bomb

© 2023 - Tassio Silva

Shane Dorian threads a Peahi tube.

Shane Dorian threads a Peahi tube.

© 2023 - Tassio Silva

© 2023 - Tassio Silva

Albee Layer

Albee Layer

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Kai Lenny

Kai Lenny

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Empty Drainer

Empty Drainer

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Felipe Cesarano on a big lefthander

Felipe Cesarano on a big lefthander

© 2023 - Tassio Silva

Kai Lenny falls from the sky

Kai Lenny falls from the sky

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Chaos

Chaos

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Francisco Porcella stylish as he comes off the bottom.

Francisco Porcella stylish as he comes off the bottom.

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Danilo Couto on a left

Danilo Couto on a left

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Ian Walsh

Ian Walsh

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Ian Walsh

Ian Walsh

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Kane Oliveria elevator

Kane Oliveria elevator

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Marcio Freiere

Marcio Freiere

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Shane Dorian

Shane Dorian

© 2023 - Tassio Silva

Shane Dorian

Shane Dorian

© 2023 - Tassio Silva


Chris Hunt

Writer and Content Manager at MSW