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Gerry Lopez AKA Mr. Pipeline
Oct16

Hands down the most famous break in the entire world, ladies and gentlemen, Pipeline.

Pipeline, Banzai Pipeline, Pipe, it doesn’t matter how you say it, the name conjures images of giant barrels breaking over shallow coral.  It has a reputation as one of the most dangerous waves in the world and many have ridden their last wave here.  It wasn’t ridden until the 60’s, but it wasnt until the 70’s when surfers like Gerry Lopez, aka Mr. Pipeline, when Pipe started popping off.

 

Gerry Lopez AKA Mr. Pipeline
Gerry Lopez AKA Mr. Pipeline

It’s known as a proving ground here on the North Shore and people from around the world test there skill on this legendary wave. However, don’t think you can just paddle right out in the line up and start catching waves, and really you shouldn’t. You have to put in your time out there. There are guys who have been surfing out there for decades and respect is huge out there. The wave itself is dangerous enough then add about 60 surfers into the line up with half of them not knowing what they’re doing, and its a recipe for disaster.

 

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Pipeline is the location of one of the most legendary surf contests, the Triple Crown Pipe Masters.  It takes place December 8-20 depending on the swell.  You will know when the contest is on because of the line of traffic in both directions for about 10 miles.  People who live on the North Shore know better than to drive a car during the Triple Crown.  Once your on the beach it is one of the biggest spectacles in the surfing world.  Thousands of people on the beach, photographers, girls in Brazilian bikinis… o yah and some of the best barrel riding in the world.

 

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Check out this amazing arial footage of Pipeline to really get a feel for it!!

Pipeline Winter 2013 from Eric Sterman on Vimeo.

Jul11

Ever been skydiving? Well I had never been until a few days ago. Here at Backpackers Hawaii you can easily experience this for hands down the best deal ever. I decided to take advantage of this and take a trip over to   Skydive Hawaii with a couple of friends. It was super easy to reserve a jump… we just called in and went that day. We arrived and right away watched people landing from the sky. We walked in, signed up and it was actually way faster than I expected. Strapped all of our gear on and walked out to the runway where we boarded the plane.

 

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The plane took us to just over 12,000 feet. I can’t even imagine what 20,000 feet would be like. It was all good and I wasn’t nervous the entire time until I put my foot on the step to jump out. My heart raced as we jumped and we were going so fast, I froze for a few seconds until we stopped accelerating. Seeing the water below you and moving so fast down was a massive rush. In the video you can see I was so pumped I couldn’t stop throwing out the classic Shocka. I definitely recommend Skydive Hawaii to anyone who visits here. My words cant even describe how awesome it was so check out these awesome photos and video!

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A big mahalo to the entire Skydive Hawaii crew! Visit their website for more info. www.skydivehawaii.com

Jan23

 

Here at Backpackers Hawaii anyone can test there skills at surfing! Wether you are a beginner or an expert it is the best place in the world to surf. This surfer was taking on a barrel at one of the most popular waves in the surfing world, Pipeline.