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.
Photo: 1963 Pipeline Hawaii with two spectators on the beach. Brian Cole pic.
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.
Photo: 1963 Bill Fury (USA) leaving the surf at Pipeline Hawaii with his Malibu board. Brian Cole pic.
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.
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”.
Claire’s Hawaiian surfboard and surfing photo will be displayed at the WA Surf Gallery, Aravina Estate Yallingup.