Happy Ending: Burger Beef

Photo: Brent Bielmann

Here’s a lavish understatement: Pipeline is a difficult wave to surf. A wall of water moves in and as it heaves, a voice from the thick crowd yells “Ho!” and everyone else backs off. But the beauty of Pipeline is that it’s a peak, and who doesn’t love options? So when Keoni “Cheeseburger” Nozaki hoed his way into this left, two unidentifieds tried to get lucky at Backdoor. And you don’t have to look too closely to understand the fate that was handed to them. Pipeline is pretty hard to surf after all — just don’t ask Burger. –Brendan Buckley