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Surfing Banzai Pipeline!

One of the most dangerous and beautiful breaks in the world...

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    Kelly Slater pulling into an epic barrel!
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    Former Pipeline Masters champion Hawaiian Jamie O'Brien surges to round three of the Billabong Pipeline Masters, 13 December 2007 after a commanding performance in round two where he overcame fellow Hawaiian Kalani Chapman. O'Brien is matched with another Hawaiian, Frederick Patacchia, when he takes to the water in round three.
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    American Chris Ward rides a roll to advance to round three of the Billabong Pipeline Masters 13 December 2007 by beating Hawaiian Shane Dorian in round two. Both Ward and Dorian traded high scoring tube rides at Pipeline with Ward securing the win over Dorian by 18.07 points to 16.00.
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    Australian Kai Otton set a blistering pace at the Billabong Pipeline Masters, 13 December 2007 to set the highest heat score of round two with 19.33 points for his top two scoring tube rides. Otton beat Tahitian Manoa Drollet in round two and will now face Hawaiian Myles Padaca in round three.
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    Eleven times ASP world champion US Kelly Slater competes to win the round two at the Pro Pipeline Masters, part of the Men’s Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour event, 11 December 2006, in Pipeline. Slater advanced to round three, eliminating Hawai's Owen Wright and Brazil's Paulo Moura.
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    PIPELINE, UNITED STATES: Australian Richie Lovett competes during the Pipeline Masters 14 December 2004 at Pipeline off the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
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    PIPELINE, UNITED STATES: Kelly Slater of the US rides a tube during his opening round heat of the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii, 14 December 2004.
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    PIPELINE, UNITED STATES: Brazilian Raoni Monteiro, just half a second away from an 8 point ride, falls trying to ride a tube during his opening round heat of the Pipeline Masters in Hawaii, 14 December 2004. Monterio, who is one of Brazil's hottest young surfers and up for the Rookie of the Year award this year, won his heat to advance directly to round three.
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    PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 8: Bruno Santos of Brazil competes in the Rip Curl Pipe Masters on December 8, 2004 at Pipeline of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
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    PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 8: Hawaiian Mikey Bruneau competes in the Rip Curl Pipe Masters on December 8, 2004 at Pipeline of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
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    PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 8: Mark Healey of Hawaii competes in the Rip Curl Pipe Masters on December 8, 2004 at Pipeline of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
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    PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 8: Derek Ho of Hawaii competes in the Rip Curl Pipe Masters as fans watch from the shore on December 8, 2004 at Pipeline of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
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    PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 8: Brian Pacheco of Hawaii competes in the Rip Curl Pipe Masters on December 8, 2004 at Pipeline of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
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    PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 8: Clint Kimmins of Australia competes in the Rip Curl Pipe Masters December 8, 2004 at Pipeline of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
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    PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 8: Mark Healey wipes out during the Rip Curl Pipe Masters December 8, 2004 at Pipeline of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
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    Eleven times ASP world champion and multiple Pipeline Master American Kelly Slater (pictured) finished in third place in the Pipeline Masters on the North Shore of Oahu 17 December 2002. Slater was beaten by newly crowned ASP world champion Hawaiian Andy Irons, who won the event, and runner-up Hawaiian Shane Dorian. The Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship surfing events on the North Shore of Hawaii.
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    OAHU, UNITED STATES: Australian Mick Fanning competes at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, during ther Xbox Pipeline Masters 17 December 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship events.
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    OAHU, UNITED STATES: Kelly Slater of the US competes at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, during the Xbox Pipeline Masters 17 December 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship events.
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    OAHU, UNITED STATES: Andy Irons of the US competes in the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, during the Xbox Pipeline Masters 17 December 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship events.
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    BANZAI PIPELINE, HAWAII - DECEMBER 17: ASP world number five Mick Fanning of Australia riding the pipeline, was the highest placed Australian at the Xbox Pipeline Masters on the North Shore of Oahu, Banzai Pipeline, Hawaii, USA on December 17, 2002. Fanning finished in fourth place behind winner and newly ASP world champ Andy Irons of Hawaii, USA, runner-up, Hawaiian Shane Dorian, and third place six times ASP world champ Kelly Slater of the USA.
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    OAHU, UNITED STATES: Shane Dorian of the US competes at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, during the Xbox Pipeline Masters 17 December 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship events.
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    PIPELINE, HI - DECEMBER 8: Shane Dorian of Hawaii competes in the Rip Curl Pipe Masters December 8, 2004 at Pipeline of the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.
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    NORTH SHORE, HI - DECEMBER 16: Jake Paterson of Australia rides low to dominate his opening heat to advance directly to round three of the XBOX Pipeline Masters at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, 16 December 2002. Paterson now faces compatriot Joel Parkinson, Brazilian Paulo Moura and Hawaiian Sunny Garcia in round three.
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    EHUKAI BEACH, HAWAII - DECEMBER 16: Brian Pacheco of the USA in action during the Xbox Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, USA on December 16, 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship surfing events on the North Shore of Hawaii.
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    OAHU, UNITED STATES: World number two Californian Rob Machado competes on the North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii 14 December 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship surfing events on the North Shore of Hawaii. The surfer who accumulates the most points by placing the highest in each of the events will be crowned as the Triple Crown of Surfing champion.
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    NORTH SHORE, HI - DECEMBER 16: Australian Joel Parkinson rides a wave to advance to round three of the Xbox Pipeline Masters on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, 16 December 2002. In the next round Parkinson is seeded against compatriot Jake Paterson, Brazilian Paulo Maura and Hawaiian Sunny Garcia.
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    BANZAI PIPELINE, HAWAII - DECEMBER 14: Neco Padaratz of Brazil does a bottom turn in his opening heat of the Xbox Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on December 14, 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship surfing events on the North Shore of Hawaii.
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    OAHU, UNITED STATES: Hawaiian Andy Irons competes during the Xbox Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii 14 December 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship surfing events on the North Shore of Hawaii. The surfer who accumulates the most points by placing the highest in each of the events will be crowned as the Triple Crown of Surfing champion.
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    BANZAI PIPELINE, HAWAII - DECEMBER 14: Richie Lovett of Australia is barrelled in his opening heat of the Xbox Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on December 14, 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship surfing events on the North Shore of Hawaii.
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    BANZAI PIPELINE, HAWAII - DECEMBER 14: Andy Irons of Hawaii pulls into a barrell in his opening heat of the Xbox Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on December 14, 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship surfing events on the North Shore of Hawaii.
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    NORTH SHORE, HI - DECEMBER 11: Hawaiian Brian Pacheco rides a wave to advance by placing second overall in the Xbox Pipeline Masters surfing trials at the Banzai Pipeline North Shore, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, 11 December 2002. Pacheco and winner Californian Rob Machado were the top two surfers out of 32 trialists and will now be seeded into the main event for the Xbox Pipeline Masters alongside the top 46 surfers in the world.
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    NORTH SHORE, HI - DECEMBER 11: Californian Rob Machado wipes out in the Xbox Pipeline Masters surfing trials at the Banzai Pipeline North Shore, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, 11 December 2002. Despite the high-flying wipeout, Machado went on to win the trials and earn a place in the main event.
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    BANZAI PIPELINE, HAWAII - DECEMBER 14: Luke Egan of Australia drops into a wave in his opening heat of the Xbox Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii on December 14, 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship surfing events on the North Shore of Hawaii.
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    EHUKAI BEACH, HAWAII - DECEMBER 16: Damien Hobgood of the USA in action during the Xbox Pipeline Masters at the Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu in Hawaii, USA on December 16, 2002. The Xbox Pipeline Masters is the final jewel in the Triple Crown of Surfing featuring a trio of world championship surfing events on the North Shore of Hawaii.
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