Watch: Pipe // The Longest Mile

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

The Seven Mile Miracle has been on fire since the start of the new year, but the most coveted wave on that stretch has got most of the attention. And rightly so, as you'll deduce from this clip featuring Kelly Slater, Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Koa Rothman, Reef McIntosh, Benji Brand, Eli Olson, Danny Fuller, Tyler Newton, Barron Mamiya, Mark Healey and Kaimana Henry. 

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Craig commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 8:31am

Incredible, and Eli Olsen packing those super deep ones with so much speed. Quad setup?

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Lanky Dean commented Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 at 3:13pm

Maybe?
A lot of locals ride thrusters out at pipe as it is a pretty short intense tube. Some people I have talked to feel "on a quad from take off you can out ride the section pretty fast."
The average pipe wave is between 8 to 12 seconds. (First reef).

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Craig commented Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 at 3:16pm

Yeah nice, looking at other shots it looks like a thruster, he's got it dialed but!

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lost commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 10:24am

Beautiful footage but for the life of me I can’t work out how anyone gets a wave out there ? The wave looks serious enough but the crowd look insane. I guess you would have to really know the wave and really love pipe to spend hours and hours ( or is it days ) out there for maybe one wave. Serious commitment to get good out there.

knB

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joesydney commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 12:30pm

Based on my experience on those days where it is pumping there is a pretty defined group of guys getting waves and they dont give a f#$k about anyone else (not a bad thing just the way it is) so when they see a good one they go and evryone else is expected to get out of the way and if you dont......there a repercussions. So really there is not much competition for the good ones. The rest of the pack fights over the scraps, closeouts, wonky ones etc thats where the battle is.

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Westofthelake commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 10:36am

I was thinking the same @lost. That last wave in the clip was ridiculous in terms of quantity of punters in the water.

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Garryh commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 12:01pm

If a surfer somehow gets in position, makes the drop, navigates past the crowd...then what? He loses his fins on the helmet from a carpet of photographers. Whilst I don't imagine ever being able to surf good pipe...I'm pretty happy that the great ones do surf it...and that we get to see clips of this quality. Thanks

WinterSwells

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 1:59pm

Agree with all of the above and add that the take off zone seems to be relatively tight. It lets you in then it is pedal to the fibreglass to make the barrel. I remember years ago Dane saying he hardly got a wave out there. If he can't get one out there is zero hope for the 99.9% of the rest of the surfing population.

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joesydney commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 5:18pm

Plenty of days you can get waves at pipe. Early season when there is a big build up of sand and if you make one you the have to deal with an end section which is like a mutant shorebreak in 1ft of of water . Or there are days when the wind and swell direction is wonky and then dodge bombs and hope you pick a good one. All of the above is very hazardous to your health...

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memlasurf commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 5:27pm

Fun board and neck snapper. Sounds like you need youth, experience and fitness on your side + a shed load of luck.

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 5:33pm

+ hundreds of hours committing to the lineup.

as it should be.

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teanorris commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 5:51pm

Primo footage, sub-par tunes. What is it with music these days?

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Westofthelake commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 7:19pm

Yea gotta agree teanorris. Some music enhances a vid but for others I prefer the mute version.

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Bargie commented Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 at 3:55pm

Glad i wasn't the only one who thought that. Yeah ... ghetto music has so much relevance to surfing.

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Billyw commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 7:54pm

sick edit. you know the line-up has changed when you have a clip from pumping Pipe mid season and Slaters waves are perhaps the lest impressive of them all. younger crew really pushing things out there.

B Dub

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 8:14pm

Barron Mamiya is quickly becoming one of my favourite surfers to watch. He’s like a young Bruce Irons, similar style

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nasigoreng commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 9:00pm

Sick clip and tune, well done.

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bunge commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 9:42pm

yeah, surfed pipe 20 years ago. Was a dream I always had. Paddled out...infested with boogie boarders and insider traders. Couldn't get a wave. After about nearly an hour of not catching anything, I just had to go. Too much pressure. Got pitched, paddled in. That was it, ticked off the bucket list..'surfed Pipe'.
Different story for Jeffreys, G'land, Manduka....

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ringmaster commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 10:12pm

Hey bunge! Keep any comments about Manduka under your lid and off the innernet. Still a super unknown spot in 2019........

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Feralkook commented Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 at 4:41pm

What this super unknown spot, secret, you sure bout that?
https://youtu.be/0O1FRbwbgnQ

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wallpaper commented Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 at 5:19pm

let me explain something to you. you see ah no on second thoughts forget it

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ringmaster commented Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 at 5:23pm

Yes Wallpaper. Would be a waste of time trying to deconstruct that for ole FeralKook by the sound of it.

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Solitude commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 10:08pm

Sat watching perfect 8 foot pipe nearly 2 years ago now. Crowd was hectic.
So many guys where dropping out of the sky, just making the takeoff and weren’t even getting barreled. It all looked so serious for the net result.
I discussed this with an ex prosurfer one day and he said that its because they would’ve been the guys on the shoulder. You have them, a little deeper-blow in pros and then in ‘the spot’ the locals.........made sense.

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evosurfer commented Tuesday, 29 Jan 2019 at 11:37pm

On the beach and watch this surf and its just insane how hard and committed
these guys are that giant Brock Lester look alike Kaimana Henry surfs insanely
well as good if not better than any of the pros out there. That guy is massive.
Obviously some people wont agree but old baldy himself Slater looked the most
composed and in control with style and confidence to burn. what I don't get is
that the waves look half the size that they really were it was a gladiator pit.
I must be getting old but this music is SHIT

IF im not surfing im racing

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Craig commented Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 at 3:11pm

Great angles here..

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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simba commented Wednesday, 30 Jan 2019 at 3:35pm

swear he was the only one out....

simba

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hatchman76 commented Friday, 1 Feb 2019 at 9:57am

Another great surf video with an epic music fail. Seriously who chooses this kind of song for a video on Pipe!!

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spuddyjack commented Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019 at 10:05am

Some gob-smacking footage unfortunately set to gob-shite music.

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