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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The real Pipe masters?

The 2010 Pipe Masters gets underway here in the next couple of hours, and while Slater, Parko, Fanning and crew will undoubtedly leave us with something to remember, when it comes to holding down the fort on a regular swell-to-swell basis, you just can't beat the local crew's proficiency at the storied reef. In recent years there's been some debate about just how many "Pipe specialists" should be allowed in the event (there were five wildcards awarded to locals this year). The argument is that the guys on the world tour may be the best surfers in the world, but that doesn't necessarily mean they're the best surfers at Pipeline. That said, enter Exhibit A ...