Banzai Pipeline and El Niño had a bit of a love affair on Valentines Day 2016. It was a winter to remember and February 14th was no exception. We’ve put together this collection of some of our favorite shots from that afternoon. If you’re ever planning a trip to the North Shore, be sure to check out our Guide to North Shore, Oahu before you go to get the lowdown on where to eat, stay, and play. And if you’ll be there in the fall or winter, be sure to check out a North Shore surf competition as it’s an amazing experience.
Banzai Pipeline is what we in the surf community refer to as a wave of consequence. That’s because Pipe is a heavy bone-crushing beast of a wave that breaks over an extremely shallow coral reef.
In this kind of place, a simple mistake or a little misfortune can cost you your life. Unfortunately, far too many lives have been lost here. So please take note that Banzai Pipeline is only suitable for the absolute expert surfer who is capable of handling themselves life-threatening conditions.
You should also know that because of its magnificence, danger, and popularity among elite surfers from around the globe, this place is as localized as it gets.
On days when it’s going off unless you know someone who has respect in the lineup and is willing to show you the ropes, it would be advised that you observe the glorious Banzai Pipeline from the shore, or you very well might end up in an undesirable situation (to put it nicely).
If you don’t have connections but you are skilled enough to surf Pipeline, (it goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway) always be highly respectful and patiently wait for your opportunity… And if your big chance comes, commit and GO!
Another thing that makes Pipeline such a spectacle, is how close it breaks to shore. From anywhere on the beach you have front row seats to watch some of the world’s best making it look easy and inviting.
Pipeline is a sight to see and we highly recommend you make it out there at some point in your life when it’s pumping to witness the action up close and in person. It’s quite remarkable, so without further adieu, here are the rest of our photos of Banzai Pipeline from Valentines Day 2016. Hope you enjoy!