Pipeline Masters

PIPELINE MASTERS by Stacy Peralta

Vans Off The Wall

An A-grade sneaker set from the team that
brought us Dog Town and Z-Boys, and Riding
Giants. This one isn’t for general release, it’s
clearly meant for us – those who appreciate the bestial beauty
of “the Banzai Pipeline”.

Peralta’s professional touch sets the film apart from the
general over-hype, and he uses the history of the contest, held
every year from 1971, to thread together some of the countless
dramas that line Pipe’s gut. If the cheese of contests puts you off,
don’t worry, any excess is regularly tempered by revealing, often
wry observations from Pipe participants – Rory Russell, Shaun
Tomson and Jeff Divine being the standouts here. Oh, and of
course Gerry Lopez.

He rightly takes up a lot of this film, not just
in terms of footage, but also by being universally acknowledged
as the true master of the wave. Gerry emerges as Pipe’s spiritual
lightning rod, showing the rest of us the way to calm within
chaos, a grail every surfer chases. Shaun Tomson, Tom Carroll,
Kelly Slater, the Ironses – all the mortal masters of Pipe tell of
their relationship with the wave, always focused and somewhat
mystical, but always intense. Always will be, no matter what other
Teahupoo-type barrels rear up. Pipeline is the magic apex, the
Alpha and Omega wave. Lopez is the master. Amen. ADR

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