15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Banzai Pipeline the world's deadliest wave.
When a wave rolls through the North Shore O'ahu, a giant air bubble soars up from the caverns and through the reefs, creating gorgeous wave crests that have become world-famous. The most popular of these wave systems is the very first one most surfers see: A swell that rolls from left to right, reaching peak heights of at least 12 feet, called simply “The Pipeline.”
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||Nov. 25, 2017, 9:22 p.m.
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