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