Event organisers pulled the brakes on the Pe'ahi Challenge on Wednesday after a downgrade in forecasted swell. This was the session that went down regardless.
"What a day at Pe'ahi today! Heavy and perfect," says photographer Tassio Silva after a long day amongst the spectating crowd on the cliffs. "Everyone was screaming and whistling every time a set came through."
"Albee Layer was on the wave of the day with an incredible barrel but all the boys were charging," recalls Tassio.
The west in the swell however was also responsible for event uncertainty felt by event organisers. Sitting partially in the shadow of its neighbouring Hawaiian islands, some of the west swell's intensity was lost in that shadow on route to Maui's north coast. The resulting uncertainty as to whether Pe'ahi would be large enough and consistent enough to meet the needs of competition, forced organisers to pull the plug on The Pe'ahi Challenge.
It may not have been quite the swell they were looking for, but considering the session that went down in its place, the pressure is on for the event to be held in even better conditions within the time window that remains.
Trevor Carlson was amongst the pack, picking off West Bowl bombs and his efforts didn't go unrewarded. "Peahi had a slow start this morning but finished the day strong! I've still got adrenaline busting out of my ears from this wave," he posted on Instagram as he made it back onto dry land.