"I try changing my surfing, which is the absolute worst thing you can do. Everyone surfs their own way. If I try to surf like someone else I look like a dork." - Andy Irons
Pictured Above: The infamous Banzai Pipeline at the notorious North Shore. One of the heaviest waves in the world, and widely considered the best reef break, the Billabong Pipe Masters is held there, and this year's entered its first heat yesterday. Irons, quoted above, is a Hawaiian legend (originally from Kauai) who tragically died in 2010, and now the most respected surf competition is held forever "in memory of Andy Irons." Bruce, his little brother, is captured above, dropping in at Pipe Masters 2009.
Relevant and less-than-relevant goings-on from around the interwebs:
Also, did you know... 2013 saw Carlos Burle catch what is said to be a 100-foot wave, which would be documented as the largest ever surfed if ratified by Guinness. His ride occurred not long after pulling a fellow surfer out from the swell after being knocked unconscious. The current champion is Garrett McNamara who rode a 78-foot wave back in 2011. [CNN]