Watch: Best Ever Ma'alaea
Last week's Code Red swell at Teahupoo had an incredible second act when it hit the south-facing shores of the Hawaiian Islands.
The most impressive session was at Ma'alaea, that fabled righthander tucked deep inside Ma'alaea Bay on the predominantly waveless southwest coast of Maui. To reach the reef, swell lines require Skywalker-level accuracy to split the narrow gap between Maui's south coast and the island of Kaho'olawe, plus the remains of the Malakini Crater that rises stubbornly between the two.
Ma'alaea breaks, at best, every second year and rarely gets above four to five feet. So infrequent is it that Kai Lenny, who lives on Maui, has never surfed 'real' Ma'alaea.
When the storm was forming, this swell appeared on track to meet the four foot ceiling, however post-storm analysis by Stormsurf showed a significant undercall by wave models with the upshot of more energy expected to make landfall once the waves travelled the 8,000kms across the Pacific then pierced the mere 11km gap into Ma'alaea Bay.
As the video below shows, the size did indeed come in larger than expected with Kai getting his first taste of the freight train, plus many other surfers jagging incredible waves.