is how you might feel your first time out at pipe.
close to the beach and visible just towards Kaena
Point next to Ehukai Beach Park is the "Pipeline"
reef. Usually pipeline is the hollowest, biggest
barrel on the North Shore. Pipeline is nearly
always extremely crowded, and for good reason,
no place else breaks like it.
The biggest barrel in the world at times, and one
of the absolute best waves on the north shore.
For sheer adrenaline, power, beauty and danger,
Pipeline has no equal.
famous lefts break best on a west or northwest
swell, the north lines tend to make it close out.
The is where the really big barrels are.
The right at Pipeline, or Backdoor Pipeline, can
deliver a sometimes longer, faster barrel than
pipeline itself, although there is no channel
back out, like pipeline has.
drop at Pipeline is almost always late, and critical,
with the wave jacking up much bigger by the time
you get to the bottom. Wave selection can be key
because not every wave is makeable.
the swell gets over 6-8 feet, pipeline starts
breaking from the second and third reef, allowing
a easier take-off at times, which gives the rider
time to set-up for when it hits the first reef
and starts to barrel.
After watching the surf Pipeline, don't forget to check out the crown jewel of Oahu attractions at the Polynesian Cultural Center.
is not a place for beginners, with a defined pecking
order when it gets really good.