The 2021 WSL season is gassing up the tank, checking the tire pressure, and gearing up to start its first event. It’s the Maui Pro presented by ROXY at Honolua Bay, and as the name implies, it’s at Honolua Bay – a place that has become the stuff of legend and that Mark Richards once called “the ultimate wave, the best wave in the world.” And while “best” is a term that is entirely subjective, there’s not one surfer on this Earth that wouldn’t say Honolua Bay is one of the best.
It’s an iconic place on the northwest side of Maui, backed by hills and valleys covered in greenery cut through with tracks made from that famous Maui-red dirt. The water is a Hawaiian shade of greenish-blue so vibrant it hurts to look at. When it’s huge on Oahu’s North Shore, Honolua is generally about half the size, but due to its unique spot on the map, when the waves do work their way in, they’re groomed to perfection. Long, hollow, and spattered with sections that both barrel and form ideal walls, Honolua is a real surfer’s wave.