What's it like to paddle out to Pipe??

Discussion in 'Hawaiian Islands' started by shayzzee, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. shayzzee

    shayzzee Member

    Oct 6, 2011
    Not planning on doing it...writing a book and would LOVE some help:

    When paddling out to Pipeline through the channel do you ever need to duck dive, or is it an easy go? I just need to know what it's like so I can describe my character doing it.

    Also if anyone who lives and surfs on the North Shore is interested in helping me with my book please email me: [email protected]. I really want to make sure anything I put about surfing there is relevant. I have surfed and do know a lot about the subject, but have never gone out in big waves or the north shore. I would be ever grateful. C
  2. Swellinfo

    Swellinfo Administrator

    May 19, 2006
    On most days, paddling out at Pipe is quite easy. You can hop in around back door, and there is a current that takes you right into the channel, which is to the east of the peak. On the biggest, most chaotic days, waves can break in the channel, but that is not the norm and thats usually when its not worth a paddle. From the channel, you can then make your way over to the peak at whatever pace you want. The paddle out is the least hectic part about surfing at Pipe...

  3. Mitchell

    Mitchell Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2009
    yeah this^^

    I shot the photos below from the beach there a few years ago on a day you could have paddled out just like in 5 minutes with your hair dry...scary how easy it looked, and how hectic the waves looked.


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  4. super fish

    super fish Well-Known Member

    Sep 2, 2008
    i always wondered this myself..... or other monsterous breaks
  5. darippah

    darippah Well-Known Member

    May 27, 2008
    easy shmeezy
  6. souljahsky

    souljahsky Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2006
    You're writing a book about it but haven't done it? Sounds like an informative book.
  7. dlrouen

    dlrouen Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2012
    Dude, you get the best barrels ever, dude. Just like, you pull in, and you just get spit right out of ‘em. Just drop in and just smack the lip, wapahhhh! Drop down: say bahhhh And then after that, you just drop in and just ride the barrel and get pitted; so pitted.

    Feel free to quote me in your book.
  8. MDSurfer

    MDSurfer Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    Do some background reading on the difference between reef breaks, point breaks, and beach breaks. They each have their own unique characteristics, and you would need to adapt to them accordingly. Posting here doesn't exactly sound like professional writing research.
  9. cepriano

    cepriano Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    are you doing a book about pipeline,or the north shore in general?theres plenty great breaks along the 7 mile miracle.sunset,pipe,vland,off the wall,waimai,haliewa,n many more.i was just reading about the death of todd cheese chesser who died paddling out at phantoms i think,on a rising swell.there a rouge setsthat come in and clean everyone on the inside up.malik joyeux died atpipe,but was a freak accident.another is donnie soloman,who died by getting caught in a rouge lip at waimai while slater and ross williams came in.the north shore isnt a playground and u can never underestimate it.the locals are extremely friendly aslong as u treat them with respect.dont believe all the hype about kala alexander too,he's another guy everyone worries about.treat everyonewith respect and youll learn a lot..........or just watch a bunch of youtube videos about pipe
  10. PatSayJack

    PatSayJack Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2008
    stop trolling and let the dude write a god damn book!

  11. cackedinri

    cackedinri Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2012
    mitchell, this is dope. post more if you got em, doesnt have to be pipe
  12. ND081

    ND081 Well-Known Member

    Aug 7, 2010
    back in the day we just used to hop into the channel with our blow up rafts, and let the rip pull us out to the breakers. nothin' like sittin out there with the wind at your back and a sweet swell comin in. things have changed alot since then, damn haole boys had to modernize everything and you only see the old timers on rafts now.
  13. bharris

    bharris Member

    Mar 9, 2012
    Thank you for posting those. The picture that has the boogie boarder just shows the maddening line up there. That doesn't look fun trying to negotiate through all that. Yeah the reward is there but way to easy to get a fin stuck in your forehead.
  14. stinkbug

    stinkbug Well-Known Member

    Dec 21, 2010
    On the best days it's pretty much impossible to get a wave there unless you are a local, pro or otherwise known and respected ripper. You could paddle out and sit there for 3 hrs without getting a wave. People who think they can go there and just grab some waves have no idea. People who say its an easy wave to surf have never seen it live. It's a complete monster reef break that jacks up from a couple feet to 10 foot in the span of a few yards. Good luck.
  15. mdahrouge

    mdahrouge Member

    Sep 18, 2012
    I went to HI in April and it seriously changed my life. The land is awesome, the water is clear and the waves were so much fun. I surfed Lanis like everyday and I must say the world can learn respect from the Hawaiians, give respect to get respect. might not help with the book, but I couldn't resist. Kauai is by far the most beautiful and spiritual place on earth as well.
  16. titsandpits

    titsandpits Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2012
    Thats actually from Tosh.O with the surfer he interviewed.....NOT YOU
  17. GhOstFaCe

    GhOstFaCe Member

    Jul 24, 2012
    lol you said "boogie"
  18. delawaredell

    delawaredell Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    who reads books anymore
  19. rgnsup

    rgnsup Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2008
    What? Did you just discover the internet?
  20. dlrouen

    dlrouen Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2012
    No sh*t it's not my quote. It's actually from Fox News, not Tosh.O. I hope you feel accomplished. Take a joke and stop policing the forum.