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Check this out - it's the footage from the first time that 3rd reef Pipe was ever surfed - so a nice lil slice of history. The media player seems a tad slow, so let it download whilst you do something else, then come back and watch it - it's worth seeing in smooth playback, and the commentary is a classic!
It's from a little known movie called Blue Surfari from 1967 (by Don Brown for American Sports Films), showing Ricky Grigg, Greg Noll and others taking on 3rd Reef Pipeline for the first time ever. That's the session that is famous for the classic shot of Noll standing on the shore watching the sets, wearing his famous black and white striped shorts, his big elephant gun by his side.
There’s plenty of classic sixties narration (think Endless Summer), some real drama and generally gets across the sense of courage these ou's had to have to paddle out at world’s most famous wave when it was still a little understood spectre that haunted their surf instincts and taunted them from afar.
This is classic stuff, and despite the advances in surfing since those times – better equipment and a much better knowledge of the reef at Pipeline – the conditions those ou's went out in would still be considered hectic today.