Pe'ahi, Maui, HAWAII - (December 28, 2012) - Organizers of RED BULL JAWS, Paddle at Pe'ahi have announced that they will not hold the event during the forecast December 30/31 swell, primarily due to the overnight peak swell arrival time.
"We have been monitoring this developing swell very closely but the real issue is the timing," said Contest Director Mike Parsons. "There will be some very large waves late Sunday/early Monday, but we do not have 90 percent confidence that either day will offer up the required seven hours of optimal 30-50 foot wave face heights that we are looking for to make this a great event.
"The winter is just getting started and by all accounts, it looks like January is going to be a great month for waves."
RED BULL JAWS, Paddle at Pe'ahi has a holding period from December 7, 2012, through March 15, 2013. The ideal conditions for the event to be called "on" are wave face heights of between 30 and 50 feet, from a NNW swell direction, with little-to-no wind.
When the event does run, it will feature 21 big wave paddle-in surfers from around the world.
For more information about the contest, please go to www.redbullusa.com/jaws.
Fans in the U.S. can tune-in on June 9, 2013 to catch the RED BULL JAWS, Paddle at Pe'ahi special airing nationally on NBC. RED BULL JAWS airs as part of a 15-stop event series called the "Red Bull Signature Series" which features the most progressive surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, skiing and BMX events. For more information: www.redbullsignatureseries.com.