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Banzai Pipeline Hawaii – Brian Cole and Claire Bevilacqua

The Banzai Pipeline, or simply “Pipeline” or “Pipe,” is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on Oahu’s North Shore. 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. (Source Wikipedia)

Phil Edwards from Long Beach, California is credited as the first surfer to ride Banzai Pipeline in 1961. (Source www.surfertoday.com)


Brian Cole – Retiree Dunsborough

In 1963 WA surf pioneer Brian Cole stayed on the north shore in a shack at Velysland Hawaii with surfers from Seal Beach, California.

Photo: 1963 Brian ’BC’ Cole’s surf shack at Velysland. Brian Cole pic.

That’s BC’s red colour Harbour surfboard (cost $90 US) leaning on the back of light coloured sedan.

1963 Hawaii Velysland BC's & Seal Beach Calif boys shack & BC's red Harbour surfboard $90 US - B Cole pic img665

Photo: 1963 Pipeline Hawaii with two spectators on the beach. Brian Cole pic.

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BC and the Seal Beach boys soon discovered Malibu surfboards were not ideal for surfing the heavy, hollow waves at Pipeline.

Photo: 1963 uncrowded Pipeline Hawaii. Brian Cole pic.

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Photo: 1963 Bill Fury (USA) leaving the surf at Pipeline Hawaii with his Malibu board. Brian Cole pic.

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Claire Bevilacqua – Pro Surfer Yallingup

In 2009 Yallingup Pro Surfer and Volcom team rider Claire Bevilacqua surfed Oahu’s North Shore with the Volcom surf team.

Photo:  2009 Claire Bevilacqua free surfing Pipeline. Jason Childs pic.

2009 Claire Bevilacqua free surfing Pipeline Hawaii Jason Childs 1

Photo: 2009 One of Bevo’s Pipeline boards from her glory days living at the Volcom house and training with the best on the north shore. This is her JC Hawaii thruster surfboard 6’5” x 17.5” x 2.1”.

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Claire has won many international surf competitions including the 2009 Pipeline Pro Hawaii event.

Claire’s Hawaiian surfboard and surfing photo will be displayed at the WA Surf Gallery, Aravina Estate Yallingup.



4 comments on “Banzai Pipeline Hawaii – Brian Cole and Claire Bevilacqua

  1. Thanks for feedback Mike. SDS book author Sue-Lyn Moyle renovated the SDS web site for us (-:

  2. Mike Wynne

    Nice article Jim. New website looks amazing!

  3. Danny Roberts

    Good job Jim. Say hello to Bruce for me, [ an old Subi school mate. ] Danny Roberts.

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