On 31st of December, right before the New Year we head back to Haleakala Volcano for sunrise. Every time I've been to Maui and went up and each time it doesn't get old. Breathtaking!
Every winter you can witness a monster wave coming to Maui — Jaws. It is located in a remote coastline along the North Shore and after getting off Hana Hwy to a rough dirt road you can hear waves crushing few miles away. The wave sizes at Jaws (which can exceed 60 feet / 20m during the months of December to March) attract big wave surfers from all the world. The extreme size of the waves is caused by the structure of an underwater ridge. Surfers can not paddle to Jaws and to avoid a steep climb, rocky beach and fast-moving waves, many surfers are towed by jet-skis or boats.
Few weeks ago when I started going through my photos from this trip I registered on Unsplash and posted few high resoution photos from Maui for everyone to use. One of the very first photos I uploaded was a photo of a surfer on Jaws (in this post above). Just a few hours later, after posting the image, I got an e-mail from Billabong saying that they are using this photo in their Surf Report app.