"This first swell of the season at Pipe seemed to catch a lot of people off guard," said photographer Tony Heff. "It came up quickly and was bigger than a lot of people expected. By the afternoon, it seemed to calm down a bit, and was looking pretty primed. Usually it takes a couple swells for the sand to move off the reef, so I was surprised to see it already firing."
Mason Ho, right place at the right time. Photo: Heff

Mason Ho, finding his early-season form before the rest of the surf world descends on his beloved North Shore. Photos: Foley

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Lucas Godfrey. Photo: Heff

"My highlight from the last swell had to have been catching this big, beautiful tube during the afternoon light and getting spit out into the channel, only to look back and see Mason on the very next wave getting barreled out of his mind," said Kalani Chapman. "We paddled out together and had this dream session in a near empty lineup." Photo: Heff

Mark Healey. Photo: Gehr

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Photos: Bielmann

"It wasn't your typical Pipe," said photographer Cory Gehr. "The early morning was actually the best, where usually there's that windy morning sickness. Once the sun popped out, the wind seemed to switch off and on every 20 minutes or so, and it would turn from crumbly side wind closeouts to sunny, green barrels with offshore winds. The water was much greener than usual. I heard a number of surfers talking about how you could barely see your feet in the water." Nathan Fletcher, going on an offshore green light.
Photo: Gehr

Kalani Chapman. Photos: Foley

"Mason Ho, Kalani Chapman, and Josh Moniz all seemed to be in rhythm and nabbed some incredible rides," said Heff. "Mason was going off. It seemed like he'd paddle out, get a bomb, then as soon as he'd paddle back out, another one would come right to him. I think I counted five insane barrels from him that day." Ho, racking up the wave count. Photo: Heff

Early birds enjoying quieter times on the Seven Mile Miracle. Photo: Foley