Big Wave Updates
Broad fetch developing north of Hawaii
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 January, 2015 - The world's premier paddle wave could host its first-ever BWWT event in the second half of the 2014/2015 season. Surfline, the World Surf League's official forecaster, is monitoring a new swell is generating around the Hawaiian islands.
Looking to potentially run the first-ever professional paddle-in event, the Pe'ahi Challenge, a promising swell is on the horizon: A broad fetch is developing north of Hawaii... thanks to a good looking low pressure/high pressure combo. Although wind speed is not particularly strong in this storm (mainly 30kts with some small pockets of 35-40kt wind), the size of the fetch and the proximity to Hawaii will create a solid swell for the island.
Two other contests could benefit from this incoming swell: The window for the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau is now open and submissions for the 2015 XXL Big Wave Awards are starting to pour in, with plenty of award-worthy submissions from Pe'Ahi already in the running.
With the Big Wave Tour kickoff event, the Punta Galea Challenge on the books, Surfline has been keeping tabs on conditions for potential starts at the remaining Northern Hemisphere events -- Pe'ahi and the Todos Santos Challenge. Surfline tracks swell systems daily, looking for conditions that will produce waves of 25 feet or bigger.
The World Surf League will broadcast the Pe'ahi Challenge and the Eddie, should they run, on the World Surf League homepage.