Women make waves at Hawaii's 'Jaws' challenge

    Story highlights

    • Women take on giant waves off Maui
    • Peahi wave is known as "Jaws"
    • First women's big-wave event

    (CNN)They hurtle down huge walls of water defying injury or worse, but these are not your typical big-wave warriors.

    For the first time, women competed alongside the men in the Pe'ahi Challenge -- a surfing event at the infamous "Jaws" break off the Hawaiian island of Maui.