Everybody bring out their big lenses.
Myself included. I spent the day parked in a small area between Off the Wall and Backdoor Pipe shooting mostly with the Nikon Nikkor 400mm F/2.8 AiS with the TC-14b converter. This guy was shooting with a Nikon D4 and what looks like a Nikkor 600mm AF-S *handheld* which is a chunk of weight.
Don’t forget to click on the photo to see it LARGER, they look quite nice larger.
Ryan Callinan gets blown out. He beat Dane Reynolds in this heat.
The position I had gave a good view of the exit of the good ones.
Dane Reynolds gave a good effort on an epic wave.
This is the absolute draining section that looked like it got Dane on the above wave. If he had made it out I am certain it would have been ten.
Don’t Do This. No Drop In.
Meanwhile, it was Girls In Bikinis and Boys in Surfshorts in the Shore Break.
Meanwhile down the beach, Gavin Beschen slots a pretty cylinder at Log Cabins.
Joel Parkinson busts it out.
Kolohe Andino chats with coach Mike Parsons before his heat in the rapidly deteriorating afternoon conditions.
The falling low tide coupled with the declining swell brought out a bikini fashion show.
After the last heat of the day Kolohe Andino walks his jersey back as the post contest weirdness closes in.
After the Lip Lands.
I thought I’d stick about as the beach emptied.
Julian Wilson burning off speed on his last wave of the day.
My final frame of the day.
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Ah, the Pipe Masters. The Greatest Spectacle in the surfing world. I’m still amazed that they don’t charge admission; maybe I shouldn’t give anyone any ideas.
Although the surf wasn’t truly epic, the beach was completely entertaining all day. Here are some of my images from one spot, I only repositioned the tripod 3 times as the tide moved up and down throughout the day.
My very first frame of the day. I got up to Pipeline before dawn and the parking was already filling up fast. It looks like most of the swell hit overnight, with much less energy and size than I expected.
Zeke Lau exits his pre-heat surf. Zeke won the Sunset segment of the Triple Crown.
Check out the wild clouds over Mt. Ka’ala. I ended up having a nice chat with the fellow holding the coffee cup.
This Guy! He Parked Right Next To Me pretty early on.
And Stayed There.
He showed up very well kitted out. His timing seemed a bit off but he stuck around and shot all day which was tough. He shot all kinds of angles with all kinds of lenses, 2 D4 bodies, 14-24mm 70-200mm, 400mm 2.8 with converter. A True Enthusiast.
The First Claim of the Day.
Modern surfboards take a beating at Backdoor. Oh hey; its shallow too.
Kids, don’t forget to keep a tidy playing area.
Mid morning a few of the waves were exceptional. At this point of the day it seemed like the surf was hard to read, some of the really excellent waves went unridden.
Here we go! Kaimana Jaquias slots under the lip on his 9.33 drainer. The very light winds meant the salt spray and spin drifts made it look hazy.
Kieren Perrow injured his shoulder in his heat. Nobody (including me) saw what happened until his board caddy waved the spare board and alerted the Water Patrol who quickly swooped in and got him to shore. This was the former Pipe Master Champion’s last heat as a Championship Tour surfer but he will return to the New and Improved ASP as the official Surfer’s Representative.
The small pack at Rockpile’s hoping the next two aren’t any bigger.
Like I planned it.
Yup, looks great, now go over and when the wave pulls back leaving fresh smooth sand go for a little jog, it’ll look Great.
That’s the first half of my Pipe Masters coverage.
Thank you for reading!
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Hey! Go check out what I’ve been doing over at Hot Hawaiian Weddings
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Today Hawaii became the 15th State to legalize marriage for ALL.
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Yvonne, bold and beautiful confidently taking a final sip of her red wine in her wedding dress before walking down the aisle.
Shot with a Nikon D3 and the ultra fabulous radioactive Nikkor 35mm f/1.4 N.C.
You can see more of Yvonne and her groom Elliot’s wonderful wedding on the north-east side of Oahu over at my site
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Now that’s a truck.
A 1988 Ford Lariat XLT, lifted, supercharged, in glossy bad-ass get-out-of-the-way black.
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