Pipeline Masters

Annual men's-only professional surfing competition held in December at Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu; founded in 1971 by former world surfing champion Fred Hemmings of Hawaii. Because the explosive tubes at Pipeline are regarded as one of the great wonders of the surfing world, and because the waves break just 75 yards off the beach, the Pipeline Masters has long been regarded as the sport's top surfing contest. "There's nothing like it," surf writer Nick Carroll noted, "for showcasing ...