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Surf Pipeline

Listed under Surfing in Hawaii, United States.

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Pipeline is a famous north shore left reef break. It's a very hollow wave.

You can go right (backdoor) when in a smaller swell, but it's very shallow! Advanced surfers only, this is a dangerous reef and can be very crowded. Pipeline can be ridden in 15 feet plus waves but is best around 10 to 12 feet. Best surfing between November and March.

Written by  Merrick Davis.

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“World's Most Famous Surf break”

The world's most famous surf break, thanks to the intro shots to Hawaii Five O etc. Challenging, crowded and definitely for big wave riders only. Tahitian big wave rider Malik Joyeux was killed there recently. Backdoor Pipeline: The right hander at … Read more...

Written by  Ian Wilson.

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Learn to Surf on Big Island

Kelea Surf Spa has the distinction of being a surf school especially for women. Located in Hawaii, the laid-back island atmosphere is what some women need to de-stress and re-energize. Daily surf lessons are integrated with spa treatments and Yoga, creating an experience of relaxation and rejuvenation. Surfers of every level are welcome to attend, with lessons tailored to your particular skill set. Two 5-day packages are offered, based on whether you are traveling solo or with a friend. Guests stay in a tropical beach-front abode with easy access to the calming waves.

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