Every so often, when atmospheric and oceanic conditions are right, a rare thing happens: A significant portion of the world's best big wave surfers congregate at a remote break on Maui's north shore, accompanied by a veritable flotilla of boats and jet skis—a Hawaiian Armada, if you will. Helicopters soar overhead, spectators howl, and you can't walk ten feet without knocking over a ludicrously expensive camera rig.
Such is the scene at Jaws. It's not hard to see why people get so excited though— something about watching people try to ride a rapidly-collapsing 60-foot wall of water really gets the heart pumping. Luckily for those of us with neither the skill nor inclination to surf Jaws, we can now experience the terror and glory through Nathan Florence's GoPro. Thanks Nate! He catches some beautiful waves, takes some gnarly slams, and watches Billy Kemper catch a monster of a wave. If you're just in it for the surfing, it starts at about nine minutes in. Also, here's another angle of Kemper's ride: