GALLERY: XXL Jaws Day II

Jason Lock

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Updated 43d ago

Day two of XXL Jaws threw down yesterday. We knew this one was going to be smaller, less hectic than Saturday's affair – but that doesn't mean it's any less impressive.

In fact, with a drop in swell size and a severe drop in wind speed, Jaws was a much more tameable affair. The likes of Albee Layer, Billy Kemper, Kai Lenny, Nathan Florence, Landon McNamara and Ramon Rode all tackled those colossal peaks. It's been some time since we've seen a swell of this size rock Hawaii. Over the next few days, we'll be crunching the data and comparing these past two days [Saturday 16 and Sunday 17] to swells of the past, so we can get an idea of where this one should sit in the history books.

Albee Layer.

Albee Layer.

© 2021 - Fred Pompermayer

This swell peaked towards the end of the day on Saturday, and began winding down overnight into Sunday morning. Our at a glance swell chart capped Jaws at 11.5ft@16 seconds by 6am, coming from the north west, with a light onshore breeze of 4mph.

Billy Kemper.

Billy Kemper.

© 2021 - Fred Pompermayer

"As predicted, the swell dropped quite quickly and was down to a manageable 20 feet or so at Peahi by Sunday morning, steadily diminishing throughout the day," said MSW forecaster Tony Butt. "The wind was light and variable most of the day, with light trades in the afternoon.

Our at a glance forecast for Jaws yesterday, as you can see, the swell peaked over night before dropping throughout the day. See the forecast here.

Our at a glance forecast for Jaws yesterday, as you can see, the swell peaked over night before dropping throughout the day. See the forecast here.

"The stronger winds on the previous day were due to the pressure gradient between a large area of high pressure centred west of California and an area of relatively low pressure southwest of Hawaii. By Sunday that high had shifted to the northeast, the low to the south had weakened, and a larger area of low pressure was passing to the north. All this resulted in an area of very weak pressure gradients over the Islands."

Billy Kemper.

Billy Kemper.

© 2021 - Fred Pompermayer

And, would you believe there's more on the way, building into the weekend for another colossal day of swell at Hawaii's hyper wave? It's still a little way out but we will bring you updates as the forecast gets locked in.

Kaiwi Berry.

Kaiwi Berry.

© 2021 - Fred Pompermayer

Kai Lenny.

Kai Lenny.

© 2021 - Fred Pompermayer

Landon McNamara.

Landon McNamara.

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Nathan Florence.

Nathan Florence.

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Ramon Rode.

Ramon Rode.

© 2021 - Fred Pompermayer

Tyler Larronde.

Tyler Larronde.

© 2021 - Fred Pompermayer

Sunrise of the last day of this XXL run.

Sunrise of the last day of this XXL run.

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