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CJ Hobgood's affinity with heavy Pipeline is well known, get him in your Pipe team right now.© 2014 Sean Davey
Pipeline at this size is akin to dancing the tango on the blade of Madame Guillotine.© 2014 Sean Davey
Gavin Beschen under a familiar roof on home turf.© 2014 Sean Davey
Pipe king Jamie O pressing the eject button. No wildcard for him after that Teahupoo punch up.© 2014 Sean Davey
Full on Black Friday Banzai Pipeline filmed and edited by Owen Milne
Dave Wassell might not be the most popular man amongst Tahitian bodyboarders right now but he sure knows how to lay down a rail at throaty Pipe.© 2014 Sean Davey
Nic Vonn Rupp a long way from Portugal but just as at home in a super-sized Pipe tube.© 2014 Hurley
The noise at this point is incredible, it's no peaceful ride.© 2014 Sean Davey
Gabriel Medina dropping into a bomb set.© 2014 Sean Davey
The toughest man in surfing, Kala lives for swells like this.© 2014 Sean Davey
This was a conventional winter NPAC storm system touching the Aleutians to the north and sitting far enough NW of the islands to send swell without wind from that west angle which Pipe loves.
North Shore charger Kalani Chapman on a throaty number 1/8© 2014 Sean Davey
Kalani Chapman 2/8© 2014 Sean Davey
Kalani Chapman 3/8© 2014 Sean Davey
Kalani Chapman 4/8© 2014 Sean Davey
Kalani Chapman 5/8© 2014 Sean Davey
Kalani Chapman 6/8© 2014 Sean Davey
Kalani Chapman 7/8© 2014 Sean Davey
Kalani Chapman 8/8© 2014 Sean Davey
Another full length edit by Juan Bacagianis
Standing on the shoulders of giants© 2014 Sean Davey
Flynn Novak's 5 steps to surfing a perfect Pipe tube. First you catch your wave.© 2014 Sean Davey
2/5 Then you ride the barrel© 2014 Sean Davey
3/5 You continue to ride the barrel© 2014 Sean Davey
4/5 Yep the barrel is still there© 2014 Sean Davey
5/5 You add an exclamation mark© 2014 Sean Davey
Fanning getting his prep in for the defence of his title.© 2014 Sean Davey
If it's big he's ready to roll in from 3rd Reef.© 2014 Sean Davey
Over the years Fanning has done his time out at Pipe.© 2014 Sean Davey
Ceej taking a stroll in the park© 2014 Sean Davey
Bruno Santos exit route one© 2014 Sean Davey
Wakita and the beat of the drum.© 2014 Sean Davey
Does anything throw so beautifully?© 2014 Sean Davey
Making the point that it is an arms open wide barrel.© 2014 Sean Davey
Soul style under a collapsing building.© 2014 Sean Davey
Look at how much water is moving around out the front there. That can make the tube spring closed like a steel trap.© 2014 Sean Davey
J.O.B hoping and praying his rail has enough to knife under ... Looks like he's doing ok.© 2014 Sean Davey
Welcome to the Pipeline.© 2014 Sean Davey
Unknown sets up off a roll-in for the jam in the donut 1/6© 2014 Sean Davey
2/6© 2014 Sean Davey
3/6© 2014 Sean Davey
4/6© 2014 Sean Davey
5/6© 2014 Sean Davey
6/6© 2014 Sean Davey
The day started off quite gloomy and although the surf was finally well and truly back, it had a serve case of what the locals call morning sickness. It was massive and the sand was still stuck on Gummies reef next to Pipe, making paddling out a hit-and-miss affair.
With that in mind I decided to stick with my original plan of hanging some more canvasses at Luibueno’s restaurant in Haleiwa and scopping the surf on the way back. By the time I returned to Pipe there were about a dozen hardcore surfers spread across a really large lineup, including all three Pipe reefs. Yeah, there was even a crew sitting way out to sea on 3rd Reef.
I first tried to shoot it from the Rockpile end of the beach, but way too many of the waves were being blocked by foamy mountains rolling through the foreground, so instead I headed down to Pupukea sandbar, just past Pipe, so that I could shoot back up the beach and into the pit. It was a bit of a spectacle with the raw energy still very abundant, not to mention numerous wipeouts and beatdowns.
I was impressed to see that Mick Fanning was one of the early crew amongst it. You don’t normally see the ASP elite testing the water on these bigger, gnarlier, days. Also other notables out here were: Gabe Medina, Bruno Santos, Flynn Novak, CJ Hobgood and Kalani Chapman to name just a handful.
A dark front of clouds arrived and I decided to leave just before midday, with a mind to return a couple of hours later, but I never did go back due to the worsening light and extreme traffic. It took me a half hour just to get from Pipe to V-land and with no chance of decent light, I let it slide.
Photos and words, Sean Davey
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