HONOLUA BAY, Maui, Hawaii/USA (Thursday, December 3, 2020) – The first extra-large swell of the fall season is slamming into the northwest shores of the Hawaiian islands this week as the world’s top women surfers arrive on the Valley Isle for the start of the Maui Pro presented by ROXY, and the kickoff to the 2021 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT). Today at Honolua Bay, top contenders expressed their excitement for the start of the new CT after the 2020 tour was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s awesome to start the tour here at Honolua Bay in Maui,” said reigning four-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore. “Usually, we have to travel to Australia for the first event of the year, so to start at home in my backyard feels really good. I want to keep working on my mindset. I think if I’m in a really calm and good state of mind, my performances usually come from there. I’m feeling refreshed and I’m excited to put the jersey back on.”
Considered one of the best waves in Hawaii, and among the best in the world when it’s on, Honolua Bay demands athletes surf with power, precision, and the ability to stand tall in the barrel in the always challenging “Cave” section.
“Yesterday in the free surf was some of the best Honolua Bay I’ve ever seen – it was absolutely amazing,” said Caroline Marks, US Olympic qualifier and the 2019 CT runner-up. “I’m really excited to be in Maui and to have a contest, so I’m super stoked.”
For two-time WSL Champion Tyler Wright, the Maui Pro marks her return to competitive surfing after missing the majority of 2019 due to illness. She earned a runner-up finish in that first event back at the end of 2019 and will now kick off her season where she left off on the CT.
“I’m pretty excited for it,” said Wright. “It’s the last stop that I competed at, and it feels nice to be back here. Honolua is one of the highest performance waves that we have all year. It can be absolutely massive and death-defying, to small and some of the most progressive surfing you’ll see”
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Honolua Bay Swell Check
One day before the waiting period for the Maui Pro presented by ROXY is set to begin, conditions at Honolua Bay appear promising as a giant northwest swell rocks the Hawaiian islands. The swell will be decreasing throughout the day and event organizers will determine if there is enough swell left in the storm system to call on a full day of competition.
Surfline Forecast for Maui Pro: (Dec 4 – 6) To open the event waiting period on Friday we’ll see the tail end/leftovers of the significant swell that peaked today. Friday should have more size than Saturday and most of Sunday but will be getting pretty slow, especially by the second half of the day as the swell fades. The surf should remain small for most of the weekend, although we do have a bit of new NW swell moving in. This will be heavily shadowed and we don’t expect to see much wrap in at Honolua – mostly waist high on Saturday. Sunday should be up slightly but likely not much more than chest high on sets (max).
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Author: Ben Kennings