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The Pipeline Sketches

Posted December 16, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Ignacio Serrano produced a remarkable illustration for our second issue that places the viewer inside a wave at Pipeline in a way that no photograph could. A Spanish illustrator from Madrid who is not a surfer himself, Serrano relied largely on Internet footage and Pipeline research to construct the point of view. “I discovered a whole new universe of images that I had never seen before.” Explore his process below. (more…)

Behind A Famed Ride: Frame By Frame

Posted December 13, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Tom Servais’ November 1991 photograph of a Tom Curren cutback is one of the best known images ever taken of a surfer and a wave. But what came before and after? These 15 images provided by Servais help fill in that picture for those interested in how a skilled surfer navigates one of the world’s best waves. (more…)

Beyond Pipe: Where The Rest Of Us Can Surf

Posted December 4, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Surfing Pipeline is for experts only, said Hawaiian Water Patrol’s Brian Keaulana. It’s “like skiing down Mount Everest.” So where should the rest of us go? Keaulana, a surf safety expert, and Patrick Caldwell, a surf forecaster with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, offer advice on spots more appropriate for beginners or first-time visitors to Oahu.  Even these spots are not without their risks. (more…)

Beneath Pipeline

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

Brad Scarfe, who is part of a New Zealand crew that has studied surfing breaks since the late 90s for academic and protection purposes, charted Pipeline’s underwater turmoil using information gathered by NOAA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (more…)

Illustration by Xiao Hua Yang

The Hazards Of Hawaii

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

If you travel to Hawaii in search of surf there is a lot to know before you go. We asked Brian Keaulana of Hawaiian Water Patrol to identify common hazards that first timers overlook. Visitors, he said, frequently underestimate Hawaii’s dangers. “People are coming here to fulfill their fantasies and dreams and escape reality of everyday life. The warm weather, blue skies and rainbows. They see the beauty but don’t see the beast within the beauty.” (more…)

Warren Harlow photo

Seeing Red

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

For more than half a century Warren Harlow has been watching Pipeline from his front porch, offering him a rare view of the wave’s potential for extreme violence. (more…)

Editor’s Note – The Pipeline Issue

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

Fear. It’s a central part of the surfing experience, even if it’s seldom acknowledged. From pros to beginners, all who enter the water know what it’s like to encounter a situation beyond their abilities. We hope to overcome our jitters in that moment. But how? (more…)

Illustration by Ignacio Serrano

Facing Pipeline

Posted November 28, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Eleven accomplished surfers recall their first encounters with the world’s most dangerous wave. (more…)

Illustration of Gabriel Medina

World No. 3: “I Know What To Do”

Posted November 26, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Gabriel Medina fell just short of his second world title this year. But the 23-year-old Brazilian said he knows what he needs now: a stronger start to 2017. (more…)