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