A very good behind-the-scenes account of epic Christmas Eve Pipe swell…
Pipeline is a wave that will stomp a mud hole in your ass, if you’ll excuse the street patois.
Very few of us will smash through the wall of muscle that surrounds the lineup to even attempt to ride a wave that’s like an elevator with the down button punched.
Koa Smith, the almost twenty-five-year-old three-time National Scholastic Surfing Association National Champion, knows the wave and its people well.
In this twelve-minute film, Koa brings his GoPro and microphone into the lineup during the North Shore’s epic Christmas Eve swell.
We see John John Florence, Mason Ho, Benji Brand, Kalani Chapman, all the big guns, even Koa Rothman who famously announced prior to the winter season that he would be taking any wave at Pipeline he wanted.
“No hard feelings. I’m not trying to be a dick,” Rothman said in October. “I’m just letting you know now that is what is going to be happening. So have a great day and watch out.”