The event that only runs if and when waves at Waimea Bay reach the minimum of 20 feet was only held eight times in 29 years. The spirit, though, is always present.
When, on March 17, 1978, Waimea Bay's head lifeguard and beloved big wave Hawaiian surfing son Eddie Aikau was lost at sea, the islands lost a part of their soul.
Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning and the top seeds of the 2013 ASP World Tour will only hit the waters of Banzai Pipeline on Round 3 of competition.
Let's make maths easy. In order for Slater to surpass Fanning for an unprecedented 12th crown, he must win the event. If Slater does run the road to victory at Pipeline, Fanning must finish 3rd or better to claim the title for himself.
Do waves deserve an exclusive book? Of course, they do. Beautiful, unique, kaleidoscopic, geometrically exquisite. Perfect waves are some of Mother Nature's most alluring and mesmerising creations.
"Incredible Waves: An Appreciation of Perfect Surf" features the most awesome breaks: Pipeline, Cloudbreak, The Right, Shipstern's Bluff, The Wedge, Desert Point, Skeleton Bay and Teahupoo, to name just a few.
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