If there is one truism in life, it is that Pipeline can make your wildest dreams come true or unleash the most terrifying nightmares. It is the ultimate force of nature.

It isn’t all glory at Pipeline. Check out these wipeouts. So many guys taking lips to the head…

Garrett McNamara gives us the 411 about wipeouts: deepwater vs. shallow water.

We all love seeing this. I think I’ll go pick up a boogie board this week.

A compilation of the finalists for Oakley’s Big Wave Competition 2009.

Monster waves, maddog chargers, a ton of killer entries… Who Will Win?

After a record-breaking season an unprecedented number of entries and some truly terrifying waves we havethe Oakley Surfing Life Big Wave Awards finalists The judging panel are deliberating. There’s $30,000 up for grabs. Who’ll walk away with the coin? Winners announced Feb 19, 2009 in Bondi… www.surfinglife.com.au for all the action as it unfolds.

Some crazy guys from the ’70s surf in 3″-deep beach break, schralp on skateboards, and generally make us think it is a miracle that they survived the filming of these clips. A couple of NSFW moments about halfway through.

Surfing on Heroin from Meat Post on Vimeo.

Double H – Pipeline on fire from julien salomon on Vimeo.

Ugh. (Dig the crazy sponger near the end.)