Between September and May, the North Shores’ Pipeline often becomes the breeding ground for large and unpredictable swell. Lifeguards Ian Forrester and Rob Dorr explain that Pipeline is a very dangerous break if you are unaware of the wave conditions, which can change from fairly calm to chaotic in a matter of hours.
The North Shore Rescue Unit is a mobile unit that drive up and down the beach, towing jet skis and safety personal for precautionary measures. One of the most dangerous characteristics about Pipeline during the winter months, is the massive waves break very shallow on top of a reef, making it easy for surfers to get trapped in the underwater caverns. However, these lifeguards have truly set the rescue method standard with their detailed and efficient plan of action.
Check out some of the amazing things these North Shore rescue heroes do to protect the surf community.