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Winter Waves at Oahu’s Banzai Pipeline

Posted on January 15, 2013

-Courtesy of David Chatsuthiphan

David Chatsuthiphan, photographer and owner of the website Unreal Hawaii, drove up to the North Shore to watch the action. If you want to get an idea of what it’s like to spend the day watching the surf, check out the article and photoset: “Pipeline, December 2012″.

Scattered about along the North Shore of Oahu are some of the best and most famous surf breaks in the world. In the winter, the waves can be over 20 feet tall. When the wind and surfing conditions are right, there’s no better place to be than on the beach watching surfers at Banzai Pipeline.

Banzai Pipeline (often called “Pipeline” or “Pipe” for short) is the surf break located off of Ehukai Beach Park on the North Shore. It’s known for it’s barreling waves and the line up in the water is typically filled with pro surfers.

If you are staying on Oahu during the winter, watch the local news to hear the North Shore surf report. If they say it’s going to be big, it might be worth driving up north to check it out. Seeing massive waves pound the beach and watching surfers ride them is an unreal experience.

There was a huge swell on the last weekend of December 2012. Pipeline went off. The waves reached up to 30 feet and people were surfing.

All photos by David Chatsuthiphan. David is a photographer and blogger who enjoys hiking and exploring the islands. After moving to Hawaii from California in 2007, he documents and recreates the “unreal” beauty of Hawaii through his photography and blog.

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