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Sometimes it's just magic out there.
This is Andy Irons (14 at the time), doing a floater across the lip of the wave. Sometimes you have to just commit yourself and hope for the best.
An unknown competitor scores a clean tube ride during the 1997 Morey Bodyboards World Championship at Pipeline.
Ala Moana Bowls
Although most people relate the surf in Hawaii to the North Shore, the south side can also get good at times. Here's Ala Moana Bowls doing it's best impersonation of Pipeline.
Bodysurfing. There's no purer form of waveriding than using your own body as the vehicle.
On this day, I counted twelve broken boards. Here's Mav saving his board... this time.
The wave jacks so quickly that sometimes you have no choice but to freefall down the face. Unknown charger handling.
Some people would contend that surfing is not a sport, but is art. What do you think?
Water photography is challenging because you are shooting a moving target on a dynamic platform. I shot this one of Alex Kinimaka goughing a bottom turn at Pipeline while trying to avoid getting pitched by the lip.
Flow Rider, TX
Although this isn't Hawaii, I just wanted to show this artificial wave called the Flow Rider. It's a perfect tube that you can ride forever, all in chlorinated water. Of course, it just doesn't compare to the real thing.
The tube ride is the most coveted maneuver in surfing. Here's Liam getting slotted.
The massive Pipeline wave and critical positioning of Max Medeiros is phenomenal, but check out the two guys caught on the inside. It's three feet deep over sharp coral reef, and there's nowhere to hide.
Bodyboarding in shorebreak waves takes a certain mindset. Here's mental A.J. pulling in at a secret spot.
The shoreline of Makaha reflects wave energy back out to sea, making for some exhilarating moments. Here's Stan launching a huge aerial on his longboard.
The aptly named Banzai Pipeline.
Bright sunny days can make the surf look playful and fun. But when it cloudy and foreboding, the ocean takes on a whole different persona.
Simply the Best
It's just the best wave in the world. Pipeline.