I had driven to the fabled North Shore Banzai Pipeline surf break every time I visited Oahu but had never been there when really large waves were breaking. This February my wife Lisa and I were lucky to catch a day when some 25 foot sets were rolling in and a number of world class surfers from around the world were in town. The beach near the line up was filled with photographers, visitors and locals all captured by the spectacle of the huge waves. I had been a boogie boarder in Southern California before some of these guys mothers were born but I had never seen rideable waves this large. Some of the sets were so large that none of the world class riders even tried to paddle in. They simply paddled further out and waited. The famous Pipeline barrels were huge and riders were getting lost in the tube only to get blown out the end as the waves collapsed. I spent about two hours watching and taking photos as I doubt I will ever see a spectacle like this again. (more photos available on request)
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