Experience Pipeline

Experience Pipeline, by Quinn Haber, puts you in the action at the world’s most famous and possibly most dangerous surf spot, Pipeline. In this second-person adventure, you paddle out for the final heat of the Pipe Masters competition on Oahu’s North Shore, competing against two other surfers for the Triple Crown of Surfing title.

Whether you’re dropping into a 20-foot wave, getting barreled, being rescued, standing on the winners podium or getting chewed out by your manager and sponsors, the action is gripping, the drama is high, and the waves are huge and out of control! Your unique story unfolds by the flip of a coin. With over 300 possible plots and 89 different endings, every time you open this book your dive into a new adventure! A bitchin’ read for both groms and adults alike. See more about the book here: Experience Pipeline Website.

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Book Details

Paperback: 188 pages
Publisher: Casagrande Press (April 8, 2008)
Language: English
Size: 5.5” x 8.5” (inches)
ISBN: 978-0976951636
Price: $14.95 (USD)
Illustrations: b/w photos and illustrations included
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Pipeline Facts and Trivia

While the book EXPERIECE PIPELINE is purely fiction, but here are some facts about surfing Pipeline:

1) Banzai Pipeline is the full and proper name for the surfbreak known as Pipeline on Oahu Island, Hawaii. In December of 1961 Filmmaker, Bruce Brown was checking the North Shore breaks with California surfers Phil Edwards and Mike Diffenderfer. The group stopped in front of a surf spot without a name. There was a pipeline construction project nearby and Mike Diffenderfer suggested they name the break Pipeline. Depending on who you talk to, the beach was already called Banzai Beach, or someone yelled ?Banzai? while the trio looked out at the break. Bruce Brown put the two together and called it ‘Banzai Pipeline’ in his 1962 movie Surfing Hollow Days.

2) Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, Butch van Artsdalen moved to La Jolla at age 14 and excelled at traditional sports. He started surfing at age 16 and soon became the king of Big Rock and also waxed everyone in paddleboard races for the Windansea Surf Club. He graduated from high school in 1960, considered becoming a plumber and shrugged off job offers from pro baseball agents and car dealers, instead he went to the North Shore, where his drinking and fighting earned him the nickname ‘Black Butch.’ During the winter of 1962/1963, Butch surfed Pipeline with such style and bravado that he earned the title of the first ‘Mr. Pipeline.’ 

3) John Peck was 17 years old when he became the first backsider to challenge the wave at Pipeline, grabbing the outside rail of his board with his right hand, he set the pace for generations of great backside surfers to come. Peck is still surfing and is often seen at events around Southern California. 

4) Roots of the Pipeline Masters contest: In the winter of 1971, former (1968) World Surfing Champion and current Hawaiian State Senator Fred Hemmings promoted the first contest held at Pipeline?the Hawaiian Masters surf contest. There were six competitors in the first event, in which Jeff Hakman took the $500 first prize. ABC?s Wide World of Sports televised the event, which was attended by 50 people. The judges looked for the surfer who could ride the deepest in the tube for the longest period of time before exiting the tube and completing the wave. This is still the basis for scoring at Pipeline events today.

5) In December of 1974, Floridian surfer Jeff Crawford becomes the first East Coaster to win the Pipeline Masters. Kelly Slater is two years old.

6) Born in 1975, signer/songwriter Jack Johnson grew up on the beach at Pipeline and first surfed the spot at age 10. He qualified for the finals at the Pipe trials when he was 17 years old. Later he injured himself during a bad wipeout at Pipeline, and during his recovery he began playing music.

7) Talking about surfing Pipeline in the mid-1970s, Gerry Lopez said: It’s a cakewalk, when you know how.

8) Pipeline was the star of the 1973 surf movie, Five Summer Stories. While shooting the movie Corky Carroll paddled out wearing a microphone to catch the sound of riding inside the tube. Carroll got a few waves and then got cut off by a bodyboarder, who he later confronted. An altercation, captured on tape, soon turned into a swearing match, foreshadowing the surfer/bodyboarder wars of the 80s and beyond.

9) Mark Richards, as quoted in Stacy Peralta’s Pipeline Masters documentary: ?Pipe had always been a wave that was dominated by the goofy foots. Rabbit and Shaun and Michael Thompson were the first three surfers that really started to make a serious attempt at getting in the tube at Pipeline.

10) The left-breaking wave that breaks in the opening credits of the 1970s television series Hawaii Five-O is thought by many to be Pipeline, but Randy Rarick and many other longtime North Shore surfers are certain it?s Rockpile, as shot from the beach at Pipeline. And what is the significance of Five-O in the show’s title Hawaii was the 50th state to join the U.S.

11) Sam George as quoted in the article “Harsh Realm” published in surfer. It’s 1974. Four North Shore beach ladies are strolling on the beach by Rockpile, just to the west of Pipeline, looking for puka shells. If they give any regard to the raging, 25-foot north-west swell exploding on the reef just offshore is unsure no one ever gets the chance to ask them. Outside, a series of longer-interval swells run down and overtake a shorter-period set, causing what oceanographers call a super-set. This super-set pours over the reef and crashes onto the sand, a flexed arm of soup washing up behind the unsuspecting women, sweeping them off their feet and into the maelstrom of receding foam and fury. Witnesses look on helplessly as the four women are seized by the rip and through un-negotiable shorebreak are pounded down through Pipeline toward Ehukai. Here lifeguards and surfers finally reach the four and wrestle their lifeless bodies to shore. Tragically, none are revived; North Shore pioneer Dr. Ricky Grigg, one of the rescuers, performs CPR for over 45 minutes in the attempt. Following this incident, high surf advisory signs are distributed by the Honolulu County Department of Parks and Recreation.

12) From its inception, the Pipeline Masters was designed as one-heat, made-for-TV event. In 1975 the contest offered $1,000 in prize money. 

13) Shaun Tomson won the 1975 Pipeline Masters on his famous secret weapon board nicknamed the ‘potato chip’ a surfboard that he kept out of public’s view until he paddled out into the contest. The ‘potato chip’ surfboard was a hyper-kicked, super-thin, super-wide board that suggested a bold new blueprint for the short board revolution. 

14) For the 1978 surf movie, Big Wednesday, Gerry Lopez was offered several hundred dollars to wipeout on purpose for the cameras at Pipeline. He declined the offer, which Jackie Dunn later accepted. The footage was not used in the final cut of the movie. 

15) In December of 1981, Australian surfer/designer Simon Anderson introduced the three-finned thruster surfboard to the world with a win at the 1981 Pipeline Masters.

16) In December of 1982, Michael Ho got into a fight the night before the Pipeline Masters, breaking his wrist when he punched an Australian surfer who had criticized the surfing style of his brother, Derek. Michael Ho surfed the contest with a cast on his right wrist and won. 

17) In December of 1985, Marc Occhilupo won the Pipeline Masters in out of control conditions. According to the official Rip Curl Pipeline Masters website, Occy also won the approval of his girlfriend?s father, who said: “Man, that kid’s got balls.” 

18) December of 1986: Hawaiian surfer Derek Ho wins the Pipe Masters scoring a perfect 10 with an incredibly long tuberide on a wave that funneled down flawlessly from eight feet to two feet and set the standard for ‘the perfect wave’ and ‘a perfect 10’ to come.

19) The 1987 ‘waxploitation’ movie North Shore opens with the main character, Rick Kane, winning a surfing contest in a wave pool in Arizona?his prize, a ticket to Hawaii. He flies to the North Shore, where he is: mentored by a shaper named Chandler, hassled by the locals, and trounced by Pipeline. That same year, Kelly Slater won a wave pool contest in California and made his first trip to Hawaii, where he was mentored by big-wave shaper Ken Bradshaw and trounced by Pipeline. 

20) In December of 1991, just moments before paddling out for the final, two-time Pipe Master Tom Carroll learned that his beloved sister had died in a car crash. During the final, Carroll pulled off a berserk, high in the pocket turn now known as The Snap, and won the event in memory of his sister. 

21) Kelly Slater won his first Pipe Masters in 1992, defeating local Hawaiians Liam McNamara and Sunny Garcia and former Pipe Master and World Champion Barton Lynch. 

22) On March 20, 2000 Travis Musselman was out surfing giant Pipeline with Strider Wasilewski, Kahea Hart and others when he wiped out on a wave and was never seen again.

23) I’d rather win Pipeline than any contest in the world. – Andy Irons

24) To prepare for her role as Mary Anne Chadwick in the 2002 feature film Blue Crush, Kate Bosworth was first trained by John Philbin-Turtle’ from the movie North Shore-in California and then by Brock Little, (big wave surfer/lifeguard) in Hawaii. Philbin took Bosworth to beaches around Malibu and showed her how to paddle, how to carry a board and how to walk the walk and talk the talk. In Hawaii, Brock took 25Bosworth into the shorebreak at Waimea to show here that the North Shore was an entirely different animal than Southern California. 

26) Director John Stockwell was almost fired from Blue Crush for shooting the scene in which Kate Bosworth paddles out to Pipe on a big day: That was a camera test, sort of,? Stockwell said. Don King [masterful surf photographer] was swimming alongside her, and Hawaiian lifeguard Brian Keaulana was right there on the PWC, but Kate wasn’t insured and it was dangerous and I almost got canned. 

27) In February of 2005, experienced Hawaiian photographer Jon Mozo was killed by a breaking wave while shooting over the shallow reef at Backdoor. He was 33. 

28) Tamayo Perry was badly injured by the discarded board of another surfer while surfing a big day at Pipeline in November of 2005: I got scalped, brah, Perry said to Chris Cote, Editor of TransWorld Surf. I was that close to getting medi-vac?d by helicopter outta there and having metal plates in my head. It was from someone else’s stupidity, too. His rail just split my melon wide open, it?s the gnarliest gash ever. 

29) Those who know Pipeline wonder why someone isn’t killed there on every swell. Just about every winter at least one surfer dies at the break and usually it is an expert surfer. 

30) Born the year Kelly Slater won his first Pipe Masters, Jon Jon Florence grew up on the beach at Pipeline and was surfing it regularly before the age of 10 scaring the bejeezus out of everyone watching. By age 13 he had Pipeline wired and was a regular on the hairiest days. In 2005, Florence became the youngest Pipeline and Vans Triple Crown on Surfing competitor ever, at 13 years old. 

31) Surfing a legends heat with Dane Kealoha, Cody Graham, Michael and Derek Ho and Tony Moniz before the Irons/Slater final of the 2006 Pipe Masters, Shaun Thompson pulled into a barrel, broke his board out from underneath him and broke his nose the first time the debonair surf star had suffered that injury while surfing. 

32) The ‘secret’ to paddling out at Pipeline on a big day is to walk down the beach until you are dead-center with the peak. Paddle straight out as hard as you can, and the current will take you north, up the beach. If you do it right, you can hook into a little keyhole channel that will put you out the back and into amazing barrels, or into lots of trouble! 

33) Jock Sutherland, quoted in Stacy Peralta’s Pipeline Masters documentary, about Butch Van Artsdalen: Butch was one of the first guys to put in enough time to be comfortable, to be confident at the break and to surf it with abandon. 

34) Sam George as qouted in the artilce ‘Harsh Realm’ published in surfer. 1969 Herbie ‘The Kid’ Fletcher, a Huntington Beach hotshot now living on Ke Nui Road three doors down from Pipeline, drops a tab of Owlsey Purple and proceeds to paddle out on a 12-foot day at Pipe, right on sunset. It was heavy, man, recounted Fletcher 20 years later. Pipe’s hard enough to surf without all that shit goin’ on. I caught this Second Reef set and ended up just surfin’ the colors.? 16 years after coming down off of this session, Fletcher would turn on to a whole different trip in the very same lineup,towing South Africa’s Martin Potter into a Second Reef set from behind a Jet Ski. 

35) During the late 60s, when most surfers were still focused on Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay, Herbie Fletcher, Mike Hynson and a band of Merry Youngsters began opening up the rights in the Pipe area: You don’t see too many pictures of Pipeline in those days, Herbie said to Ben Marcus. It was just our spot. And then after the World Contest Gary Chapman and I moved into a house at Off the Wall before it was called Off the Wall. There were all these perfect rights coming down the beach at Pipeline because it would be small. Everyone in those days was big-wave riding so everyone hung out at Sunset,Haleiwa, Waimea. People didn’t go to Pipeline. They thought it was too small or just a beachbreak. But in 1967 it was just Pipeline Rights and I was surfing it with just a few guys: BK, Hakman, myself, Chapman, Tiger Espere, Mike Hynson. Hynson moved in right next door to us and he had a shaping room so he was making lots of boards and experimenting a lot. He was sort of the same size I am and same style and he had money and he would make all kinds of surfboards and experiment with them and I was right there getting all the advantages of it and I felt really privileged to be there.

36) During the 70s, most good surfers who came to Hawaii were given a quiver of custom-shaped Lightning Bolt Surfboards. That logo became ubiquitous in surf magazines and movies. Toward the end of the 70s, when Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards and the Free Ride generation challenged the established Hawaiian order, there was a lto of pressure on Lightning Bolt to stop giving away boards.

37) Sam George as quoted in ‘Harsh Realm’ published in surfer.: 1971 Laguna Beach goofyfoot Mike Armstrong is out surfing a windy, six-to eight-foot day at Pipeline. Groomed in the Brooks Street shorebreak, 18 year-old “Army” has the weighted front foot, hunched-back tube stance down. On this otherwise unremarkable afternoon, a man with a clipboard and a bullhorn who looks surprisingly like 1968 World Champ Fred Hemmings Jr. flags him in and asks him if he’d like to compete in a new, ABC-televised surf contest called “The Pipeline Masters.” He is apparently to replace Gerry Lopez, who, thinking the contest was called off for the day, is home in Niu Valley watching TV. Army says, “Sure!” and paddles back out with Jeff Hakman, Corky Carroll, Jim Blears, Bill Hamilton and Jock Sutherland. Jeff Hakman wins and takes home $500, while Army, signed up on the beach, places second. Lopez, the undisputed Pipeline master, hears the results on the evening news Livid, he wins the next two Masters in succession.? 

38) Sam George as quoted in ‘Harsh Realm’ published in surfer: 1972 A super-clean west swell builds throughout the day at Pipeline, eventually capping on the Second Reef. In the lineup are the Pipe masters of the day, including Gerry Lopez, Rory Russell and Tom Stone. The real standouts on this day, however, seem to be a cadre of intrepid backsiders, including Sam Hawk, James Jones and Craig ‘Owl’ Chapman, all of who ride with serious abandon in some of the heaviest Pipe ever surfed. The session is dubbed by surfer as ‘Huge Monday’ and provides the most memorable sequence of that year’s major surf movie release, Five Summer Stories by McGillivray/Freeman. 

39) According to a Rip Curl Pipeline Pro press release: Gerry Lopez wins the second event in 1972 and with incredible waves prompting a stunning performance from Lopez, broadcaster Jim McKay from the ABC wipes tears from his eyes on air. Lopez goes on to win again in 1973 then announces his retirement to the stunned media.

40) Rumor has it, the Lightning Bolt brand was named in honor of a particularly potent strain of marijuana. But Gerry Lopez fouls that off, saying it was all about ?the energy.

41) On January 1, 1974, episode # 136 of Hawaii Five-O called Banzai Pipeline. The following problems with that episode can be found on www.mjq.net under Hawaii Five-O Oddities, Goofs and Trivia: Credibility is stretched by some of the “camera techniques” in this episode. If Rick McDivitt (Perry King) is on the beach filming surfers, how can he take a shot of them from the side while they are riding the wave Why does Rick pan up to the sky and then over to the beach where the killer is hiding Seems a little artsy-fartsy. And the way that McGarrett zooms in with the projector to isolate the killer in Rick’s film later is totally bogus — the quality of the image remains sharp. One of the bad guys refers to the unknown Rick who was near the murder scene at the beginning as “some little puker up there having his own dope party.” Rick steals the wallet of the murdered Edward J. Huffman containing Global Express National Credit Card number 317 9090 842 — it has the same colours as Chargex/Visa. McGarrett tells Ben and Duke to “check all fences and hock shops” after Rick uses the card to buy expensive goods and then tries to pawn them. A primitive credit card approval machine is shown. As the Five-O team search for clues, some of the music from “The Finishing Touch” is reused, as is a shot of Ben talking to an old bald guy. The babely Elissa Dulce as Leila, petite girlfriend of menacing thug Andrew Koa (Rudy Diaz), tells McGarrett in his office “Let’s cut the bull!” and gives McGarrett a lot of mouth. The number on Rudy’s mug shot is 95483 — there is no date. When McGarrett arrives and finds the wounded Rick and his surfing friend Roger (Nicholas Hammond) on the beach, he tells Danno: “Get an ambulance and HPD backup — they’ve been shot!” (Seems rather obvious…) In the hospital, it sounds like Seth Sakai’s voice on the soundtrack giving orders, though Sakai is nowhere to be seen. Rick’s driver’s license is shown in detail. His address is 14899 Tupukei Road, North Shore, Hawaii. It expires on 4/30/76. His birthday is 4/30/48, he has brown hair, weighs 170 pounds, is 6 feet tall and has blue eyes. The number of the license is 546 10 8740. There is a picture of President Nixon on the wall in the photo studio. Numerous Five-O stock actors are featured, including Bob Basso, Terry Plunkett, Josie Over, George Herman, Dick Fair and Bob Costa.

42) In December of 1976, The Pipeline Masters is included in the World Tour?s debut season. Pipeline’s Hawaiian Clown Prince, Rory ‘Da Dog’ Russell, wins the prestigious title. 

43) In December of 1977, Rory Russell successfully defends his Pipe Masters title.

44) In December of 1978, virtually unknown Australian Larry Blair wins the Pipe Masters. Stunned Hawaiians vow to never let it happen again.

45) In December of 1979, Larry Blair wins the event for the second year in row.

46) After pioneering Pipeline in the 1960s, Butch van Artsdalen stayed in Hawaii and became a lifeguard and a heavy drinker. He died of alcohol-related causes in July of 1979.

47) According to Herbie Fletcher, in the late 1970s, Paul ‘Fat Paul’ Peterson, an influential coach of contest surfers, owned a small house on the beach in front of Pipeline. Though his nickname Fat Paul referred to his wallet always being full of money, he had trouble paying for the house and taxes, so Gerry Lopez agreed to buy in as a partner and build a three-story house between the Paul’s small house and the beach. Gerry Lopez mother eventually bought out ‘Fat Paul’ and Herbie Fletcher bought in 1981. The Pipeline House? became a major energy center for the next 20 years. And it became a major source of contention for Fat Paul who claims he was never paid for his share of the house when it was sold.

48) Fat Paul?s son Pancho Peterson can surf as well as any pro, he just has no money to pay the contest entry fees to prove it. Somebody please start paying for Pancho’s entry fees! 

49) Sam George as quoted in ?Harsh Realm published in surfer: 1980 Larry Blair, a charismatic young goofy-foot from Maroubra, Australia, having won back-to-back Pipeline Masters in ’78 and ’79, arrives on the North Shore in fine fettle. Rocketing onto pro surfing’s center stage for having as a complete unknown won Sydney’s prestigious Coke Contest in 1978, the theatrical, if often ungainly, McCoy team rider (who actually attended acting school and once played a corpse on a popular Australian soap opera) was described by a leading Australian wetsuit manufacturer as “the hottest kook in the world. A proprietary cross-section of North Shore locals, unimpressed with both Blair’s acting credentials and bold claims to take out yet a third Pipe title, deal out their own response. Accosted on the beach at Pipeline before the event, Blair is summarily punched out and has his boards stomped on. He is later quietly eliminated from the event, and is never again a significant presence in professional competition.

50) The Pipe Masters final was a six-man event from 1971 to 1980, but in 1981 the Pipe Masters final had seven competitors Simon Anderson, Alan Byrne, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Wayne Bartholomew, Bobby Owens, Shaun Tomson and Chris Barela. According to Sam George in ‘Harsh Realm’ for surfer Magazine: 
following the semi-final elimination of UIIA scrambling for a nearby beach house. From a position of relative safety the decision was then made to reverse the decision and put Buttons back in what has since been called “The Seven-Man Final.” During that heat Kaluhiokalani inadvertently dropped in several more times but (surprise!) still placed third in the event. The next year, Pipe became a four-man final.-sponsored Buttons Kaluhiokalani due to an interference call, a battery of incensed locals stormed the judge’s tower, sending the frightened judging panel Can you clean this one up? 

51) Because of a conflict between the IPS and the upstart ASP, the 1983 World Champion was not crowned in Hawaii. IPS founder Fred Hemmings created the Triple Crown to honor the surfer who did best in the three Hawaii events, usually held at Pipeline, Sunset and Haleiwa, with some events held at Waimea Bay. Michael Ho won the first Triple Crown. 

52) In December of 1983, Steve ‘Beaver’ Massefeller was nearly killed when he split his head on the bottom after a wipeout during a Pipeline Masters heat. Dane Kealoha wins the Pipe Masters, introducing a mid-80s era in which he and Johnny Boy Gomes dominated the break, especially Backdoor, surfing it steeper and deeper and with Hawaiian style. 

53) At the end of the 1983 ASP season, intense lobbying from Randy Rarick and the Hawaiian sponsors inspires the ASP to realize that the tour is better off finishing in Hawaii. During the final event, the Billabong Pro, held in perfect Pipeline in December of 1983, a controversial interference call cost Tom Carroll his third world championship. Fellow Sydney-sider Barton Lynch ultimately won the event, and the world title. 

54) In December of 1984 the Pipeline Masters got the ASP’s specialty sanction, but remained an unrated event. Held in epic, 15-foot barrels, Oceanside’s Joey Buran scores a dramatic win against an elite cast of invitees. 

55) Sam George as quoted in ‘Harsh Realm’ published in surfer: 1986 Hawaii Kai’s Tim ‘Taz’ (as in Tasmanian Devil) Fretz, a standout in the Pipeline fray for both his buzz-cut, white-blond hair and penchant for riding Pipe on a 6’2 twin-fin, dies in what Honolulu police call a drug-related suicide. In explanation to why Fretz was discovered with two bullet wounds to the head, police sources merely shake theirs. He must have considerable resolve, they admit, Hey, it can happen.

56) In December of 1989, Australian Gary ‘Kong’ Elkerton wins the event on muscle alone. He also overcomes the Hawaiian mastery on home soil by winning the coveted Triple Crown title. 

57) Sam George as quoted in ‘Harsh Realm’ published in surfer: In 1990, the Weatherly family moves into a modest, beachfront house just to the west of the Pipeline right-of-way. Sons Jason and Benji take advantage of their proximity to the most torrid stretch of surf on earth to develop into fine performers in their own right. It’s their friends, however, who really establish “Benji’s Backyard” as the epicenter of a progressive surfing movement later dubbed “The New School.” Kelly Slater, Shane Dorian, Ross Williams, Pat O’Connell, Taylor Knox, Rob Machado, the Malloys, Kalani Robb, Akila and Todd Chesser are just a few of the yard’s denizens, all of whom benefit hugely from both the unobstructed view of Pipeline, Backdoor and Off-the-Wall and the inevitable push from the hyper-critical gallery up in the grass. Also living in the yard is a penniless, fresh-faced young videographer from Cardiff named Taylor Steele, whose unblinking eye would go on to provide the new movement with plenty of Momentum. 

58) Sam George as quoted in ‘Harsh Realm’ published in surfer: 1990 Pipeline ace and rising Billabong promo-star Ronnie Burns is found dead in the hills behind Velzyland, laying next to his motocross bike. The surf scene is stunned at the loss of this affable, talented goofyfoot, and rumors fly. An autopsy later reveals, however, that Burns in fact died from pulmonary condition complicated by asthma.

59) In December of 1995, Kelly Slater and Rob Machado battle for the Foster’s ASP World Tour Title at the Pipeline Masters. During one exchange, Machado came out of a barrel to slap a ‘high five’ with Slater, who was waiting for him in the channel. Slater won the event and the Foster’s ASP World Tour title. 

60) By the late 1990s, Gerry Lopez had moved his family to Bend, Oregon, to take advantage of the snowboarding and because: I felt out of place at Pipeline, Lopez said to Ben Marcus in Frequency Magazine, for snowboarders. The Pipeline house was sold around then, for what must have been a tidy sum, and it is now owned by Volcom. 

61) According to the Rip Curl Pipeline Pro press release: In 2001, Andy and younger brother Bruce begin three years of Irons Brothers domination of Pipe. Andy wins in 2002 and 2003. The 03 victory will be remembered particularly because of the showdown for the world title race where Andy Irons came from behind in the ratings to win Pipe and the world title in front of a shattered Slater. 

62) Stacy Peralta’s 2006 Pipeline Masters documentary sponsored by Vans – divides the 25-year history of the event into History: from 1961 to 1971. Beginning: Gerry Lopez and the Lightning Bolt era from 1971 to 1974. Backside Attack: Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards and Rabbit from 1974 to 1989. The New Wave: Kelly Slater and the New School in the 80s and 90s and The Dream: The Irons Brothers and into the future. 

63) The secret to getting out at Pipeline on a big day is to walk down the beach until you are dead-center with the peak. Paddle straight out as hard as you can, and the current will take you north, up the beach and if you do it right, you can hook into a little keyhole channel that will put you out the back and in lots of trouble.

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