Jeff Rowley first Aussie to paddle Jaws

6 Jan 2012 0 Share

Victorian big wave surfer Jeff Rowley became the first Australian to paddle-surf notorious Hawaiian break Peahi, or “Jaws” on Wednesday.

Arriving on Maui Tuesday night, Rowley reported 50-60 foot waves breaking out on the reef during a Wednesday pre-dawn surf check from the clifftop at Jaws, before hitting the lineup with a posse of big wave surfers including Shane  Dorian and Garret McNamara to paddle-surf the break.

“The waves were moving about 50 kilometres an hour and the wind was  absolutely howling so every instinct is telling you it can’t be done,” said Rowley.

The feat made Rowley the first Australian surfer to paddle into the infamous wave, and also fulfilled his personal challenge to ‘Charge For Charity’ to raise money for Breast  Cancer Australia.

“I’m so proud to be the first Aussie to paddle in at Jaws, it was a historic day and we pushed the limits and survived,” said Rowley. “I caught the biggest wave of my life and achieved my goal wave height. Now I am asking people to donate.”

To find out more about Jeff’s surfing and donate to Rowley’s Charge For Charity, visit www.jeffrowley.com.

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