Along with an eight second tube ride or a perfect 10 score in competition, shooting a pier has to be right up there with a lot of wave riders ambitions. The act of snaking between the legs of a pier takes an incredible amount of courage, speed and skill to negotiate the solid obstacles and is a dangerous manoeuvre to undertake and is for expert wave riders only. It comes as no surprise that Laird Hamilton has been doing just that on his Stand Up Paddleboard in Malibu.
California has been receiving huge swells this week off of the back of Hurricane Marie and on August 26th Laird paddled out at Surfrider Beach to the delight of many onlookers. The swell was linking right through from the back and way off down the beach, delivering perfect 400yd righthand walls that steamed on past the pier. Laird snagged the 3rd wave of a set and taking a high line, gunned his way straight towards the pier.
As the tensely watching crowd looked on, Laird drew the perfect line and seemingly effortlessly drove his SUP straight between the legs of Malibu Pier to a round of applause and cheers on the beach. The video of Laird shooting the pier is embedded below and is well worth a watch, just to appreciate the size and speed of the wave he negotiates the pier on. Have you ever managed to shoot a pier or do you think it is a reckless and foolish thing to attempt?