Curious about the difference between riding a big step-off tube versus paddling a Pipe bomb, SURFER called O’Brien, a man deeply experienced in both, to get his answer.
When I was 15 or 16 years-old, Kelly Slater asked me in the lineup at Pipe, ‘If you could surf at night all by yourself at Pipeline, or if you could paddle like a jestski, what would you do? ‘ I said,’Well, I would surf at night. ‘ Slater said, ‘I would paddle like a jetski. ‘ I was like, ‘damn,’ but with step-offs–now we’re paddling like jetskis.
Jamie O’Brien has a tube addiction, despite having Pipeline in his backyard, his need to be slotted behind a heaving curtain of water is still left unsatiated.
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