The Banzai Pipeline, or simply Pipeline or Pipe, is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on O’ahu’s North Shore. A reef break is an area in the ocean where waves start to break once they reach the shallows of a reef.

Pipeline is known for huge waves that break in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef, forming large, hollow, thick curls of water that surfers can tube ride. There are three reefs at Pipeline in progressively deeper water farther out to sea that activate according to the increasing size of approaching ocean swells.

Take note that surfing Pipeline Hawaii poses serious bodily injury if you are caught in the wrong place at the wrong time!

This is the home of the Pipeline Masters Surf Contest that is attended by the best and bravest surfers from all over the world.

The Pipe Masters also plays a big part in the make up of the Van’s Triple Crown of Surfing contest that takes place at 3 major North Shore surf spots over a 2 to 3 winter months.

Getting There

  • From Waikiki, take the H-1 Freeway headed West
  • Take the H-1 Hwy West to the H-2 Hwy North
  • Follow the H-2 Hwy to the Kamehameha Hwy (hwy 99)
  • Take Hwy 99 and continue into Haleiwa Town or by pass Haleiwa Town, and continue on Hwy 99 and merge onto Hwy 83, which will lead you to the coastline
  • As you continue on Hwy 83, until you see a Waimea Bay Beach Park sign on your left hand side
  • Turn into the parking lot and you are there.


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