The Real Big Wednesday

Alex Dick-Read

A rare clip from a little known movie called Blue Surfari from 1967 (by Don Brown for American Sports Films), showing Ricky Grigg, Greg Noll and others taking on 3rd Reef Pipeline for the first time ever. This session is most famous for the classic shot of Noll standing on the shore watching the sets, wearing his famous black and white striped shorts, his enormous elephant gun held by his side.
There’s plenty of classic sixties narration, some real drama and a sense of the enormous courage these guys had back when the world’s most famous wave was still a little understood spectre that haunted their surf instincts and taunted them from afar.
This is classic stuff, and despite the advances in surfing since those times – the equipment and our much better knowledge of the reef at Pipeline – any of today’s Pipe specialists would still no doubt have an equally tough time in conditions as ragged and stormy as these.
Thanks to ‘supertonesurf’ for uploading this and Sean Davey for bringing this little clip to our attention.

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