A beautiful chaos, the ultimate surfing wave, a freak of nature, the advanced surfer’s testing ground, a specialty wave, the premier tube riding arena, and, ultimately, the Mecca of surfing. A lot has been said and written about Banzai Pipeline. The steep, fast Hawaiian barreling wave breaks almost all year round on the North Shore of Oahu, south of Sunset Beach, north of Log Cabins, and right in front of Kamehameha Highway. Banzai Pipeline is one of the biggest, heaviest waves on the planet. Despite only lasting around seven seconds, a ferocious Pipe left will always spit its spray.
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Why is Banzai Pipeline the ultimate surfing wave?
The 2017 World Surf League (WSL) champion will be decided at the Pipeline Masters, in the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. Four surfers remain in contention for this year’s world surfing title. Who will raise the most prestigious trophy in professional surfing? Will John John Florence reconquer his 2016 crown? Can Gabriel Medina get his hands on the second trophy of his career? Are Jordy Smith and Julian Wilson able to do what it takes and conquer a maiden world title?
Ezekiel Lau claimed the 2017 EDP Billabong Pro Cascais title, after defeating Italo Ferreira in clean three-to-four foot surf at Praia do Guincho, the back-up venue in Cascais. In the final, both surfers got off to a slow start with medium scores, Ferreira leading the first exchange with a couple of forehand gauges on a clean little left. Lau opted for the forehand as well on a right but couldn’t complete his final maneuver. Facing tricky conditions, surfers decided to go to the air, and while the Brazilian fell on a few attempts, Lau managed to land a good tail whip for a 5.17 to momentarily take back the lead. He then quickly went back to his signature power carves and lay backs for a 6.67 and a stronger hold on the pole position.
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Ezekiel Lau wins the 2017 Billabong Pro Cascais
To be a surfer you have to love the feeling of surfing. It takes a lot of hard work to catch waves. The learning curve for surfing can be quite steep. If you take lessons and pick the right board shape and size, for the right wave height and speed, you are steps closer to ripping like the pros. The paddle, the pop-up, and duck diving, all take time to master and execute effectively. Normal challenges include starting late in life or not having the money for high-performance boards.
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Donn Ito, the man behind the blog “Quantum Surf Physics,” reveals the secrets behind many unfinished rides. Blame it on the surfer; blame it on the surfboard. There are many reasons why we fall off a surfboard. But understanding what causes surfboard’s rocker to stick can reduce wipeouts. Below is a sequence of Mark Foo’s last ride. Note the spray shooting from under Mark’s board. It is generating a wake after a free fall. Mark struggles to maintain his balance but is pitched.