Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Pipeline: Between Water and Hard Place
What makes that huge barrel at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore is incoming, deep-water waves that runs into a shallow, sharp reef. This bodyboarder finds the arc along the avalanche of water that zips him along. Should he wipeout, a common sight at Pipe, the best thing that happens is a struggle for air. Broken boards here keep local surf shops in business. The famous break is close to shore, a bonus for spectators and photographers.