Paia Surfboard Wall
Photograph by Steve Nelson
What to do with your surfboard when it can surf no more? Memorialize it in a line up of like-fated boards on a wall in Paia, Maui of course. This wall has been collecting well-loved surfboards for years and posting them for visitors to appreciate as a colorful alternative to chain link.
Many of the boards have foot straps for tow-in and big wave surfing, making it possible to keep your board on your feet as you are whipped into 20 foot (plus) wave faces. Just outside Paia is one of the great big wave spots in the world, Peahi, also known as “Jaws.” This uniquely large wave does not become ride-able until it becomes a nearly impenetrable wall of water with a face more than 20 feet high. It is understandable then, that a surfer would only want the best equipment on the water at that point, leaving less reliable boards as a monument to great waves past.
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