North Shore Holiday Swells -- December 2013
North Shore holiday swells
The morning of Dec. 20 greeted a solid West NW swell that awoke Pipe's second reef. Surfers dodged countless clean up sets on the outside and charged 10-12 foot bombs on the inside. What follows is a collection of photos from that holiday swell set.
Pipeline veteran Aamion Goodwin, standing tall in an even taller barrel.
The onslaught continued into the evening, and Pipe showed no signs of slowing down. Here is Anthony Walsh, speeding through another drainer.
Most surfers who are on the North Shore for the Triple Crown go home after the Pipe Masters. Those who stuck around were blessed with this. This is Damien Hobgood, counting his blessings.
Guess who got spoiled with gifts on Christmas Day? Jamie O'Brien, that's who.
Jamie O'Brien, milking the last bit of evening light.
John John Florence
If you grew up with this wave in your backyard, you might be John John Florence.
Kelly Slater stuck around after the contests as well, and for good reason. Here's the proof.
There was plenty to go around. Kiron Jabour, deep in another one.
On Dec. 21, Pipe was still reeling. It had calmed down a bit and there were a few less second reef sets. Guys were falling from the sky into perfect barrels and getting spit out. Here's Koa Rothman (older brother of Malua Rothman), proving his commitment is never in question by making this drop.
Pipe with teeth. Makua Rothman isn't scared.
Nathan Fletcher making an unruly morning at Pipe look easy.
Fun Fact: The world's greatest wave is also the world's most photographed wave.
On Christmas Eve, the waves were still firing.
Backdoor saw a few hollow ones as well. A bit more risk, but a bit more reward. Here's Maui's Tom Dosland, exploring his options.
Zeke Lau, clawing down the face of a burly one.