The Billabong Pro Pipeline (former Billabong Pipe Masters) takes place at Banzai Pipeline in Oahu, Hawaii. The competition attracts top surfers and athletes from the World Surf League, which compete in walk-on trials. The Billabong Pipe Masters prize money reaches over $500,000. The competition sums up the surfing season, being the final leg of the Triple Crown of Surfing as well as the final event of the World Surf League Championship Tour.
A pipeline is considered to be the most dangerous wave for surfers. With shallow reef and significant swells, Banzai Pipeline has witnessed many surfers getting injured and suffering cuts from sharp coral edges. However, since the wave breaks close to shore it makes it a spectacular site for a surfing competition attracting thousands to Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea and making North Shore of Oahu a surfers paradise.
Billabong Pro Pipeline has a rich and illustrious past, which dates back to 1971. That is why you surely don't want to miss it. So, dust off your bikinis and book your accommodation in advance (check the map below for suggested housing options). Have fun!