Why Pipeline is Known as “The Proving Grounds”?

Want to see the world’s gnarliest dudes all competing at the world’s heaviest wave? You’re in luck.

© Trevor Moran

While the Pipe Masters (being the last stop on the WCT) is mainly reserved for top 34 competitors — save a few wild card spots and trials winners -- the Volcom Pipe Pro is another beast entirely. It is commonly a much younger, more ferocious, more home-bred beast.

At least the competitors are.

Yes, perhaps the most daunting, absolutely terrifying thing about the Volcom Pipe Pro is how many talented locals are entered year after year. Locals that call this fabled wave their “homebreak.” Locals that surf it year after year from October through April, rain or shine, 2 to 20 feet.

Locals, like, say, John John Florence who literally live a 20 second walk from the shore and have been surfing the wave since they learned to swim.

John John, by the way, has won the last three Volcom Pipe Pros…and he just barely turned 21 years old.

And while John John may be in a league of his own right now, there are dozens of young locals whose surfing puts the fear in the hearts of countless visiting competitors.

Locals like Seth Moniz, Kiron Jabour, Eli Olson, Eala Stewart, Landon McNamara, Zeke Lau, Noa Mizuno, Koa Smith, Nathan Florence -- the list is far from finished.

Not to mention that besides already charging year-round, when these guys get out on the stage in front of a crowded beach and live webcast -- the bar raises.

They don’t call Pipe “the proving grounds” for nothing, right?

Watch your newest favorite hero -- or young local demigod -- go, right here.