Watch: Pipeline // December 3rd
Observing the calendar, we're right in the guts of the Pipe Masters - the old Pipe Masters - waiting period, and here it is getting hammered by a raw north-west swell with nary a coloured vest in sight.
Another observation is the number of helmets being worn. Yesterday, of course, Joao Chianca was pulled off the bottom unconcious after hitting his head on either board or reef. If it wasn't a consideration before, surely more people are thinking about protection up top.
Joao catches a number of great waves before that happens.
Overnight, older bro Chumbo has reported that Joao is "doing great and recovering well."