Pipeline Master’s at Banzai Pipeline on North Shore

by: Evan Fa

The Banzai Pipeline is the wave that surfers measure all other waves by. It is the the ultimate … the Mt. Everest for wave riders of all crafts. Pipeline, as it is known for short, is located on the North Shore of Oahu and is just 10 minutes from the Turtle Bay Rentals on the Turtle Bay Resort. The wave itself can be seen just southwest from Ehukai Beach Park. Of course, there needs to be waves in order to truly distinguish it from everything else.

At the tail end of each fall, the entire surfing world—including the athletes, photographers and filmers, and industry head honchos—flock their way to the seven mile miracle for The Triple Crown of Surfing, which one of those competitions like the Pipe Master’s.

“The Banzai Pipeline is the wave that surfers measure all other waves by. It is the the ultimate … the Mt. Everest for wave riders of all crafts.”

The Triple Crown of Surfing is surfing’s equivalent of the Super Bowl. Except, of course, for surfing instead of American football. It consists of three competitions, the first at Ali’i Beach Park in Hale’iwa, the second at Sunset Point at Sunset Beach, and the third wrapping up the Triple Crown at Pipeline. While only the competition at Pipeline counts towards the World Surfing League (WSL), surfing’s elite professional tour, the prestige surrounding winning the entire Triple Crown of Surfing carries a great amount of prestige.

While surf competitions are innately different in nature than traditional sporting competitions like baseball, basketball, and American football, there is something special and unique about watching the world’s best surfers tackle mother nature at Pipeline. When the conditions are right (meaning that the swell, wind, and weather line up), watching the surfers brave the treacherous waves at Pipeline is a spectacle second to none.

“The Triple Crown of Surfing is surfing’s equivalent of the Super Bowl. Except, of course, for surfing instead of American football.”

The holding period for this year’s 2016 Billabong Pipe Master’s begins December 8th and runs through to the 20th. As mentioned, since the waves are dependent on swell (or storms that bring waves), wind, and weather, the actual holding days for this year’s Pipe Master’s always depend on these three factors. For up to date information, go to the World Surfing League’s website—2016 Billabong Pipe Master’s—to keep a tab on things.

Note: Either way, good waves or not, and whether or not the Pipe Master’s is a go during one’s stay, Ehukai Beach Park is a beautiful area to kick off those rubber slippers, get one’s feet wet, and take in the true beauty of Hawaii. Plus, there is public parking as well as bathrooms at Ehukai Beach Park, making it more than suitable for an entire family and kids. As a matter of fact, the entire North Shore is as pristine as it comes. So venture out by foot, bike, or car to take in more of the scenery and surf the North Shore has to offer.

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