The Banzai Pipeline, or simply 'Pipeline' or
'Pipe' is a reef break off Sunset Beach Park
in Pupukea on O'ahu's North Shore. A reef
break is where waves begin to break once
they reach the shallows of a reef. Pipeline is
notorious for huge waves which break in
shallow water just above a sharp and
cavernous reef, forming large, hollow, thick
curls of water that surfers can tube ride.
There are three reefs at Pipeline in
progressively deeper water further out to sea
that activate according to the increasing size
of the swells.
The reef at Pipe is a flat tabletop reef, with
several caverns on the inside, creating a giant
air bubble that pops on the front of the wave
when the wave lurches upwards just before
breaking. There are also several jagged,
underwater lava spires that can injure fallen
surfers. Sand often accumulates on the reef
causing waves to "close out" at times
rendering it impossible to surf. Strong
swells from the west usually clear out the
sand in the reef, and after that, a strong north
swell can give rise to the best waves.
Close to Pipeline is a simiarly dangerous
surf spot.Off the northern coast of Maui is
Peahi, or 'Jaws'. This distant break is
famous for tow-in surfing, where jet-skis
“tow-in” surfers into monster 7-15 metre
waves are impossible to physically paddle
into. Spectators can view the action from
a bluff overlooking Peahi.
Big Wave Surfing At Jaws
GoPro Perfect Teahupoo Tahiti Barrels
If you are surfing in Fiji, it is hard to go past
Cloudbreak. This surf spot is just about three
miles straight south of Namotu Island. It is a
world class left reef pass that is regularly voted
one of the 10 best/most challenging waves in
the world. Like many tropical reef-pass
breaks, Cloudbreak tends to get faster,
shallower and more critical as it goes.
Cloudbreak’s reputation precedes it. Routinely
ranking among the ten most challenging waves
in the world, this renowned Fiji surf spot
boasts fast, barreling lefts over a shallow reef.
It’s one of those breaks you just have to see to
believe. It is awe-inspiring. Even if you're not
up to surfing it, it's equally as thrilling to watch
from the boat and see others attempt it.
Cloudbreak is located on a sheltered reef, just
three miles south of Namotu Island Resort.
One thing you'll notice even from afar is just
how perfect Cloudbreak looks, with consistent
white breaks visible from up to two miles
Kelly Slater Commentates On Massive Cloudbreak Swell
Cloudbreak - Big Surf July 2011