There have been more deaths at Pipeline than any other surf spot for a number of reasons.
The wave itself breaks over jagged volcanic coral reef, that is shallow and often can impale surfers with the coral spikes that jut out. Catch a limb or a leash in an underwater caves and you can be trapped down there.
It’s often more dangerous when a swell is rolling in as the waves double up on each other. The wave is always shifting, leading to uncertainty in the line up.
Finally, the line-up itself is always crowded. It’s a pilgrimage of a surf spot, so you’ve got all the usual hazards to contend with, combined with a crowd.
It’s often a recipe for disaster.
Published on: 29th October 2017