Pipeline is wave that looms large in the imagination of many surfers but most of us will never score a barrel out there. There's a good reason for that -- it's one of the heaviest, most intense surf breaks in the world, and there's thousands of more user-friendly locations to be enjoyed.
But it will always be the benchmark and the ultimate proving ground for those who want to go to that next level. Anyone thinking of a career in professional surfing knows they'll need to confront it sooner or later, and many people who have dedicated their lives to riding waves know it's the ultimate test of their abilities. While not everyone will actually end up surf Pipe, almost every surfer must have imagined what it would be like, at one point or another...
Recently the Smith Brothers -- North Shore locals -- took a microphone and camera out on a big day. This adds a whole new dimension to the portrayal, with the sound capturing the energy of the lineup in a way that vision alone cannot. You can almost feel the adrenaline-charged atmosphere and the nerves masked with laughter and smiles.
The North Shore has been pumping lately, so kick back and enjoy what one of the most intense lineups in the planet feels like from the comfort of your living room.