Laird Hamilton: shooting the Malibu Pier in overhead surf

Blame Laird. The big wave surfer from Kauai decided to shoot the Malibu Pier, at Surfrider Beach, California.

You've got to time it well. Shooting the pier may seem easy, but when the wave travels at full speed you've got to make confident and quick decisions.

Unfortunately, a few lives have been lost while shooting famous surfing piers. This time, Laird Hamilton calculated it well. The ride is quite impressive. Wait, he scored it twice.

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Learn how to get barreled: staying centered is critical | Photo: Quiksilver/Rabejac

There's a stoked little tube rider in all of us just waiting to drop in. Gliding along inside the hollow of a perfect peeling wave and emerging triumphant from its natural rolling end is one of the first fantasies to capture the surfer's spirit.

Surf spots that produce good, clean barrels can get wild, so it's good surf practice to prepare yourself with some know-how before you go.

The general consensus on tubing it for the first time is to go frontside; that way you avoid any inner spray rushing at your face and you can reach a hand out to the body of the wave if you need a little balance. With that in mind:

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Jadson Andre: a deadly member of the Brazilian crew | Photo: ASP/Will H-S

The Billabong Pro Tahiti 2014 at Teahupoo was considered the best Dream Tour event of all time. If you still have doubts, take a look at the brilliant photos taken during barrel time, at the End of the Road.

Kelly Slater extends his wings. He lost the event by 0.03 points.

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