The conditions for the 1985 Pipe Masters were borderline out of control. 15-18-foot and capping across all three reefs at once. Buttons, Dane Kealoha and John Damm all had humbling experiences - some even requiring Water Patrol assistance. Finalist Max Madeiros said, "Anyone who was in that final is insane."
Rabbit Bartholomew would reiterate this sentiment from the day by later writing, "On occasions like the 1985 Pipeline Masters, the day belongs to the firewalkers, and these are the men I've grown to respect most over the years."
A teenage Mark Occhilupo went on to win that year and sent his reputation to the moon. The Raging Bull was born.