Opening Day At Banzai Pipeline

Sunday evening saw the swell building quick. This sandbar would soon be gone thus eliminating the pesky backwash. Photo: photobrent

Sunday evening saw the swell building quick. This sandbar would soon be gone thus eliminating the pesky backwash. Photo: photobrent

Unidentified style guru. Who dat? Photo: photobrent

Unidentified style guru. Who dat? Photo: photobrent

Kalani Chapman pays respect to Pipeline after a long summer slumber. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kalani Chapman pays respect to Pipeline after a long summer slumber. Photo: Bielmann/SPL


Above: GoPro video highlights from the same swell with Jamie Sterling, Mikey Bruneau, and Sion Milosky.

Big ol' Kainoa McGee puts his SUP to the test on a macker... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Big ol' Kainoa McGee puts his SUP to the test on a macker... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Things go south quickly for Kainoa McGee... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Things go south quickly for Kainoa McGee... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kainoa McGee's 4" thick SUP is no match for the power of Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Kainoa McGee's 4" thick SUP is no match for the power of Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Certified Pipeline tubu guru Nathan Fletcher. Photo: photobrent

Certified Pipeline tube guru Nathan Fletcher. Photo: photobrent

Recent Nelscott Reef Big Wave Invitational winner Kohl Christensen takes his not-so-underground-act to the Banzai. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Recent Nelscott Reef Big Wave Invitational winner Kohl Christensen takes his not-so-underground-act to the Banzai. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Brazilian charger Stephan Figueiredo shows how to get spit out of an eight-footer at Pipeline... Photo: photobrent Photo: photobrent

Brazilian charger Stephan Figueiredo shows how to get spit out of an eight-footer at Pipeline... Photo: photobrent

Stephan Figueiredo. Photo: photobrent

Stephan Figueiredo. Photo: photobrent

Pipeline opens up for Brazilian tube tamer Stephan Figueiredo. Photo: photobrent

Pipeline opens up for Brazilian tube tamer Stephan Figueiredo. Photo: photobrent

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Some of the world's best—and busiest—lifeguards call Pipeline their place of work. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Some of the world's best—and busiest—lifeguards call Pipeline their place of work. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

In the immortal words of Chandler from The North Shore, "Go ahead, go shred." Photo: photobrent

In the immortal words of Chandler from The North Shore, "Go ahead, go shred." Photo: photobrent

With his $50,000 Kustom Air Strike check in pocket, Flynn Novak poses for the pack of water photogs. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

With his $50,000 Kustom Air Strike check in pocket, Flynn Novak poses for the pack of water photogs. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Ikaika Kalama with his customized GoPro camera mount...can't wait to see the footage! Photo: photobrent

Ikaika Kalama with his customized GoPro camera mount...can't wait to see the footage! Photo: photobrent

Photographer Brent Bielmann wasn't sure who this is, I'm going to guess it's either Sion Milosky or Anthony Walsh... Photo: photobrent

One of Pipeline's top dogs, Sion Milosky manning up on a macker. Photo: photobrent

We usually give bodyboarders a bit of grief on the site—but we're going to give respect when it's due. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

We usually give bodyboarders a bit of grief on the site—but we're going to give respect when it's due. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Somewhere along the line Kalani Chapman didn't get the message that big boards are out of style...he did get this bomb though. Perhaps it's time to rethink that train of thought. Photo: photobrent

Somewhere along the line Kalani Chapman didn't get the message that big boards are out of style...he did get this bomb though. Perhaps it's time to rethink that train of thought. Photo: photobrent

Nathan Fletcher tries to outrun a mountain of whitewater. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Nathan Fletcher tries to outrun a mountain of whitewater. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Sean Moody cranks it off the bottom on the first swell of the 2010/2011 season at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Sean Moody cranks it off the bottom on the first swell of the 2010/2011 season at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Unidentified putting the "Banzai" into Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Unidentified putting the "Banzai" into Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

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Mike Stewart on a second reef bomb...which is typical of the world's best boogie. Photo: photobrent

Mike Stewart on a second reef bomb...which is typical of the world's best boogie. Photo: photobrent

Dean Morrison rolls in on an afternoon beauty. Photo: photobrent

Dean Morrison rolls in on an afternoon beauty. Photo: photobrent

Aussie tube tamer Kai Otton. Photo: photobrent

Aussie tube tamer Kai Otton. Photo: photobrent

Maya Gabeira playing with the boys at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Maya Gabeira playing with the boys at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Reef McIntosh hides out from the Pipeline surfarazzi. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Reef McIntosh hides out from the Pipeline surfarazzi. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Dusty Payne on one of the few rights ridden at Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Dusty Payne on one of the few rights ridden at Backdoor. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Aussie import Anthony Walsh takes the casual route through the bowl at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Aussie import Anthony Walsh takes the casual route through the bowl at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The rarely seen Pipeline board transfer didn't quite work out for this fella... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The rarely seen Pipeline board transfer didn't quite work out for this fella... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

John Florence signs off on the first swell of the season at the Banzai Pipeline. Photo: photobrent

John Florence signs off on the first swell of the season at the Banzai Pipeline. Photo: photobrent