PIPELINE MASTERS: THE EARLY, RUNTY YEARS

The Pipeline Masters is the North Star of professional surfing. It is the best contest on the planet, the year-ending, title-deciding, legend-making, ego-crushing, spectator-stoking wonder of the ASP tour. Witness Sebastian Zietz’ beyond-perfect score from yesterday. For as long as most surfers can remember, this has been true.  That wasn’t the case at all in the beginning. The…