Pipeline Roars Into 2011

What better way to kick off 2011 than with a blast from the past with Mr. Derek Ho. At 46 years old, Uncle Derek is charging harder than ever and an inspiration to all. Photo: Stafford/SPL

What better way to kick off 2011 than with a blast from the past with Mr. Derek Ho. At 46 years old, Uncle Derek is charging harder than ever and an inspiration to all. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Derek Ho on January 2nd, 2011 at the Banzai Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Derek Ho on January 2nd, 2011 at the Banzai Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

While the conditions were far from perfect, proper Pipeline hadn't been seen in ages until 2011 rolled around. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

While the conditions weren't perfect, proper Pipeline hadn't been seen in ages until January 2, 2011 rolled around. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

JD Irons gets primed for the Volcom Pipe Pro which kicks off January 24th and runs until February 5th. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

On one of the biggest waves of the day, JD Irons gets primed for the Volcom Pipe Pro which kicks off January 24th and runs until February 5th. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The goal when surfing big Pipe is to make the drop and ride the wave far enough to where if you eat it, you've made it far enough to avoid the reef and make it to the more forgiving sandbar toward Gums. Unidentified almost to the "safety" zone. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The goal when surfing big Pipe is to make the drop and ride the wave far enough to where if you eat it, you've made it far enough to avoid the reef and have ridden to the more forgiving sandbar toward Gums. Unidentified almost to the "safety" zone. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Surfers aren't the only ones who flock to the beach when Pipeline breaks...

Surfers aren't the only ones who flock to the beach when Pipeline breaks...

From the oldest guy out (Derek Ho) to the youngest (15-year old Ivan Florence pictured here) there's no better way to welcome the new year than by getting shacked at Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

From the oldest guy out (Derek Ho) to the youngest (14-year old Ivan Florence pictured here) there's no better way to welcome the new year than by getting shacked at Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Not to be outdone by his little brother, John Florence packs one. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Not to be outdone by his little brother, John Florence packs one on the first reef. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Whenever Pipe is on, you can bet Sion Milosky will be on it with guns blazing... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

JD Irons looking pretty psyched after getting arguably the wave of the day at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

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In his typical fashion, Sion Miloksy waited for the biggest and baddest waves to come through. Photo: Stafford/SPL

In his typical fashion, Sion Miloksy waited for the biggest and baddest waves to come through. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Bruce Irons on a late afternoon bomb. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Bruce Irons on a late afternoon bomb. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Two future Pipeline chargers get ready for their 2020 debut session with some help from Sion Milosky's busted stick. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Two future Pipeline chargers get ready for their 2020 Pipeline debut session with some help from Sion Milosky's busted stick. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

There's a reason lifeguards put signs on the beach that say "Beach Closed." Photo: Bielmann/SPL

There's a reason lifeguards put signs on the beach that say "Beach Closed." Photo: Bielmann/SPL

A green surf check at Pipeline...

A green surf check at Pipeline...

Mark Healey on a particularly thick and hollow wave on the first Pipe swell of 2010. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Mark Healey on a particularly thick and hollow wave on the first Pipe swell of 2011. Photo: Stafford/SPL

While the afternoon was a bit too wild at Backdoor, there were a few gems on that side of the world's most famous peak in the morning. Dean Morrison. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

While the afternoon was a bit too wild at Backdoor, there were a few gems on that side of the world's most famous peak in the morning. Dean Morrison. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Despite winning 50K for doing a backflip, Flynn Novak's first love is big Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Despite winning 50K for doing a backflip, Flynn Novak's first love is big Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Just another day at the office for North Shore lifeguard Dave Wassel and Volcom Pipe Pro filmer Bill Ballard...Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Just another day at the office for North Shore lifeguard Dave Wassel and Volcom Pipe Pro filmer Bill Ballard...Photo: Bielmann/SPL