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Owen Wright and Kolohe Andino get ready for the 2011 Billabong Pipeline Masters

Updated: December 10, 2011, 4:23 PM ET
By Jon Coen | ESPN.com

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"I can hear the waves at night," says Owen Wright. "It gets me so excited when I hear the swell picking up, and you wake up in the morning -- and it's huge. You just want to make sure you wipe the sleep out of your eyes before you head out."

Wright slumbers mere yards from the famed reef at Pipeline when he's in Hawaii. And while the entire North Shore, the whole island of Oahu, and the island chain are special, there's nowhere quite like Pipe.

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