View larger -- there are a dozen heads out there bobbing in the water on a normal surf day. Beaches are empty of spectators, though.
Over a half-dozen surfers are visible in this photo during a normal surf day.
Big swells from the Ehukai Beach Park grounds above the beach. The entire beach was swept by a shallow wave just before I took this photo; be careful out there. The sea is treacherous.
A normal surfing day with lots of "average" surfers out.
This is the Pipeline on a big wave day. Lots and lots of video and photos going on, along with an appreciative crowd just watching.
Big crowds and lots of photographers at the Pipeline section during a heavy surf day.
More photographers at the Pipeline.
My Sony VG-20 on tripod and head. It really doesn't have a big red flower sticking out the front of the lens -- that's a guy's backpack. Gotta watch my backgrounds when I snap a shot.
A jet skier prepares to tow a body surfer out into the Pipeline.