It wasn't too many years ago that word of a big swell hitting Hawaii would spread to the mainland by word-of-mouth -- the so-called "coconut telegraph" -- or maybe the rare newspaper article. How times have changed. Now, high-quality video is uploaded to YouTube within hours.
Exhibit A: This video shot Oct. 9 and 10 of the season's first big swell rolling into Maui's premiere big-wave spot, Jaws, known locally as Pe'ahi. Surfers riding include Albee Layer, Shane Dorian, Kai Lenny, Matt Meola and Robby Naish.