The Surf Channel sat down with South African surfing pioneer, Shaun Tomson, to recount his experience on the North Shore of O’ahu during the rise of his career.
Danger, risk and reward associated with riding one of the most prestigious waves is very extreme at Pipeline. The world-renowned reef break of Banzai Pipeline serves as a proving grounds for surfers’ courage, technical ability and instinct in waves of consequence.
“Even the very best guys in the world can cop a pounding,” Tomson said in a Surf Channel exclusive:
Surfing amongst the world’s best is intimidating, admits Tomson, from the local crew born and raised on the island to ASP WCT athletes. Even the best surfers suffer frightening injuries from time to time.