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Words by Pete “Flipper” Hodgson @flipperhawaii
Pipe started out real dangerous, but Balaram text Chad and told him it was getting good enough to paddle out. I saw him on Surfline, looking into a perfect barrel paddling out. He just got to the lineup a bit late for another perfect barrel.
A minute later he was getting shacked. I turned off Surfline and ran across the street with my camera and shot him surfing epic, clean, big Pipeline all by himself for another hour…maybe another hour and a half.
Just Balaram in barrel after barrel, and empty waves going off. That was the only time in fifty years I have ever seen anyone free surf perfect Pipeline all by themselves. – Pete “Flipper” Hodgson @flipperhawaii