Tom Carroll Calls It; Aaron Gold Paddles Into 80 Foot Jaws!

17 Jan 2016 0 Share

Aaron Gold drops down after paddling into Jaws

Aaron Gold drops down after paddling into Jaws

Over the last week, a hurricane brought about by El Nino conditions has whipped up solid swells in the Pacific Ocean just north of Hawaii. The huge low-pressure system is currently providing perfect 30+ foot waves for Pe'ahi (Jaws), where the crew of big-wave surfers have been hanging out and paddling into the super swell. On Friday (Hawaiian time), Aaron Gold is reported to have paddled into the biggest wave at Jaws ever (at 3.20 on the video below), as captured by Pure Digital Media. Shane Dorian and Ian Walsh were also showing off their big-wave stamina and skill on the mountains of water.

Big wave legend and world champion surfer Tom Carroll has agreed with hear-say that Aaron Gold's wave was the biggest wave paddled into, up to this day, he said "I struggle to put specific size to it but an estimate puts it at 8 x his board length which would make it 80'+."

"There was an opening given to us by mother nature yesterday, an amazing opportunity; Aaron had what it takes to turn and paddle for her and I am in awe!" Carroll commented. "I'd love to know how he went when he got run down by her at the base. It would have been so heavy, because our body uses a load of oxygen during the paddle and take off. It's a good thing our adrenaline count spikes off the charts for survival!"

After watching the footage, former WCT Surfer Luke Egan questioned the progression of big-wave surfing and the next step for the sport on social media "I thought the Pe'ahi Challenge was crazy, but yesterday when Aaron Gold caught (his) wave it took the cake. What next? Who is going to design a surfboard for these incredibly talented and courageous surfers to paddle into these monsters as well as start doing turns? I don't have the answers for the design, but I tell you what, someone's going to work it out and blow minds."

SEE ALSO: Billy Kemper Wins Pe'ahi Challenge & Greg Long Drops Into 40-Foot Set 

As big waves continue to dominate the headlines this weekend and the momentum of the sport itself picks up, the same storm cell producing for Jaws is being watched as it moves east towards the United States with winds in excess of 60-70 knots and seas up to 50ft. On Friday the World Surf League's Big Wave Tour gave the green light for the Todos Santos Challenge in Baja California, Mexico.The long period WNW swell is predicted to bring 30-40 foot with the lower tide on Sunday afternoon (US time). The WSL Big Wave Commissioner, Peter Mel said "It is shaping up into an incredible gathering," getting us all excited with the announcement that recent Pe'ahi Challenge winner Billy Kemper and Kelly Slater confirmed their attendance to the event today.

The former big wave specialist and WSL commentator Mel said of the incoming swell, "The beautiful thing about Todos is it magnifies any swell it gets. The bathymetry focuses all the wave energy into a funnel that magnifies the swell intensely right as it approaches the lineup. Every wave stands tall." Stay tuned for all the latest as the 2nd event of the big wave tour lights up. 

The WSL / Surfline swell map showing the hurricane over Hawaii heading east

The WSL / Surfline swell map showing the hurricane over Hawaii heading east

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