One of the 10 deadliest waves in the world,
Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline is famous for its heavy swells that can reach up to
30ft, breaking over shallow, rocky coral reefs at high speeds to form
barrelling curls of water. Top professionals take on the waves every November
in the Vans Triple Crown,
called the “Super Bowl of surfing” by The Los Angeles Times.
First made famous
by pro-surfer Gerry Lopez, who rode Pipeline’s deepest wave in a pared-down
style that set
the standard in the 1970s, this 2013 video compilation of aerial shots by
photographer Eric Sterman showcases the power that Pipeline’s breaks can
harness. Check out the shot at 0:43 to see how beautiful gliding through the
wave can be.
The season for Hawaii’s big wave surfing is in the winter, from November
to February. So if you happen to be in Pupukea, a town on Oahu’s North Shore, now is the time to either take on Pipeline – or
at the very least, revel in the spectacle of those who do. The rest of us will
just have to let the footage mentally transport us to the awe-inspiring
New to surfing? The Hans Hedemann Surf School has
a location at Turtle Bay, five miles west of Pupukea, where experienced
instructors provide one-on-one lessons. Beginner surfers can also take lessons
on the more moderate 3ft waves in Turtle Bay.