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Kelly Slater

Photograph By Tony Heff

"I remember coming here when I was 12 years old, I met Joey Buran on the trail the morning after he won the Pipe Masters in 1984," reflected Slater. "I came down here to watch, and the first wave I saw just barreled and spat and I felt like this big door, this whole other world just opened up to me on that day. I fell in love with Pipeline that moment, and it's been my favorite wave ever since."