Pipeline Roars Into 2011

What better way to kick off 2011 than with a blast from the past with Mr. Derek Ho. At 46 years old, Uncle Derek is charging harder than ever and an inspiration to all. Photo: Stafford/SPL

What better way to kick off 2011 than with a blast from the past with Mr. Derek Ho. At 46 years old, Uncle Derek is charging harder than ever and an inspiration to all. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Derek Ho on January 2nd, 2011 at the Banzai Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Derek Ho on January 2nd, 2011 at the Banzai Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

While the conditions were far from perfect, proper Pipeline hadn't been seen in ages until 2011 rolled around. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

While the conditions weren't perfect, proper Pipeline hadn't been seen in ages until January 2, 2011 rolled around. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

JD Irons gets primed for the Volcom Pipe Pro which kicks off January 24th and runs until February 5th. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

On one of the biggest waves of the day, JD Irons gets primed for the Volcom Pipe Pro which kicks off January 24th and runs until February 5th. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The goal when surfing big Pipe is to make the drop and ride the wave far enough to where if you eat it, you've made it far enough to avoid the reef and make it to the more forgiving sandbar toward Gums. Unidentified almost to the "safety" zone. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

The goal when surfing big Pipe is to make the drop and ride the wave far enough to where if you eat it, you've made it far enough to avoid the reef and have ridden to the more forgiving sandbar toward Gums. Unidentified almost to the "safety" zone. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Surfers aren't the only ones who flock to the beach when Pipeline breaks...

Surfers aren't the only ones who flock to the beach when Pipeline breaks...

From the oldest guy out (Derek Ho) to the youngest (15-year old Ivan Florence pictured here) there's no better way to welcome the new year than by getting shacked at Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

From the oldest guy out (Derek Ho) to the youngest (14-year old Ivan Florence pictured here) there's no better way to welcome the new year than by getting shacked at Pipeline. Photo: Stafford/SPL

Not to be outdone by his little brother, John Florence packs one. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Not to be outdone by his little brother, John Florence packs one on the first reef. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

Whenever Pipe is on, you can bet Sion Milosky will be on it with guns blazing... Photo: Bielmann/SPL

JD Irons looking pretty psyched after getting arguably the wave of the day at Pipeline. Photo: Bielmann/SPL

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