A very rare wind briefly opened an opportunity for a shot at surfing's most hallowed playground
PHOTOS: John Bilderback
One of the great pleasures of editing a magazine like Kiteworld is that when I open my inbox, it occasionally has emails like this from John Bilderback. This is just a teaser. Expect the real gold in Kiteworld issue #68, out in March: SUBSCRIBE HERE
Extract from Bilderback's mail:
"Yesterday we had the rarest of wind. I've seen it only once before when Robby Naish famously rode Pipeline. I think it was in the 80's.
"Anyway Reo, Keahi, Konrad Bright and Richard Whyte rode Pipe on their kites. It wasn't epic Pipe, but it was by far the best conditions it's been kited. (Maybe you remember Jeff Tobias catching some waves out there several years ago in total storm conditions?) Considering its historical perspective, its pretty cool. Pipe is still the mother of all surfing waves, even though these aren't like perfect west swells and its not massive, it may be years before this happens again..."
CAPTION | Reo Stevens
CAPTION | Richard Whyte
CAPTION | Keahi de Aboitiz
CAPTION | Konrad Bright