SUPER Pipe welcome back, the surfing world missed you. Unbelievably it's a whole year down again as the spotlight turns once more onto the North Shore of Oahu.
For six weeks the locals get to share their waves with the rest of the world under the hard glare of the lights, every pro worth their Hawaiian salt and a bunch of grubby surf media types.
What's it all in aid of? The Vans Triple Crown, second only to a world title and definitely not lacking in prestige, culminating in the Billabong Pipeline Masters. The big daddy of tour stops, scene of broken dreams, boards and egos.
Why does everyone care so much? Well as the first real NW pulse of swell made landfall on Sunday this happened... The Proving Grounds, The Seven Mile Miracle, the most competitive line-up on the planet. Here we go, time to step-up.