Surflogic Stories

Matt Etxebarne | Chasing Jaws (Pe’ahi)

11 January, 2024

“It’s been maybe 10 years since I had a poster of Jaws in my bedroom and dreamed every day of being able to catch a wave there.” – Matt Etxebarne

When we saw this first huge swell arrive in Hawaii. My bro Tom Constant and I didn’t hesitate for 2 minutes… it was our turn to seize our chance to go to Jaws! The swell was only 3 days away, so it was a last-minute scramble to get everything organized. 

After many ups and downs during our trip, it wasn’t easy at all, we were ready to sleep in our boardbags but thanks to our guardian angels, all the stars aligned and we were ready to make our first landfall here in Peahi-Jaws.

Once we got to the line-up with our super pilot Gregory Molkenthin, it was a dream come true. We were like kids watching Kai Lenny kill the spot on the tow in, followed by all the locals taking big bombs! We waited patiently for our turn until our friend Zane Kekoa came to see us and suggested we try our luck! Thanks to his experience, we were able to catch some great waves with my friend Tom! 

¨We know how lucky we were to have the opportunity to surf Jaws. Being surrounded by the best surfers on the planet and seeing these incredible waves was just crazy! We’d like to thank everyone for their warm welcome.¨ – Matt Etxebarne

Thanks Matt for sharing your amazing story with us, and special thanks to Matt Cibulka for the pictures