First photo: Helicopter pilot Don Shearer hovers over a rescue in action during Thursday’s cbdMD Jaws Big Wave Championships at Peahi. The paddle-in surf event held in 30-to-50-foot waves featured both spectacular rides and epic wipeouts. A well-organized team of personal watercraft operators zoomed around the frothy white water inside the surf break to locate and tow surfers out of trouble before they ended up on the rocks. Maui surfers Paige Alms and Billy Kemper captured the women’s and men’s titles, respectively. It was Alms third title and Kemper’s fourth, and they both won the men’s and women’s titles together in 2016. For more on the big wave championships, see Sports.
Second photo: Lucas Chianca of Brazil drops from the top of a tall wave during Thursday’s final at Jaws. He finished sixth.
Third photo: Broken surfboards wash on shore Thursday at Peahi.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos
Police juvenile investigator Andrew Cabral (right) stands with Baldwin High School students at a police intoxication checkpoint Saturday night along South Kihei Road as they hold signs reminding drivers not to drink and drive. ROXANA HOLLIFIELD photo
The Grand Wailea’s revised plans include retaining the hotel’s beloved Seaside Chapel, which had been slated for elimination. This photo was taken in June. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Paige Alms captured her third Jaws Challenge title on Thursday. She is shown riding a big wave during her women’s semifinals heat.
Ian Walsh makes a bottom turn on a massive wave during Thursday’s men’s final. He finished second.
Men’s 2019 cbdMD Jaws Big Wave Challenge winner Billy Kemper rides a massive wave in Thursday’s final at Peahi. The waves were 30 to 50 feet at Jaws. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos
Annie Reichert drops down the face of a women’s semifinal wave Thursday at Jaws. The 18-year-old Maui native, who made her big wave debut, finished third.