The Pipeline is located in Hawaii on the North Shore of O'ahu. The name originated in 1961 when Bruce Brown, a surfing movie producer, visited the Ehukai Beach Park with Phil Edwards and Mike Diffenderfer. There was road construction for a pipeline on the adjacent highway. Brown came to film Edwards surf and Mike Diffenderfer suggested to name the break The Pipeline. The name was used in one of Brown's films, Surfing Hollow Days.

The Pipeline is one of the deadliest surfing locations in the world. More people have been injured and even died there than any other surfing spot in the world. The reason this spot is so dangerous is because of the jagged reefs and lava spires that cover the ocean floor. Several surfing competitions are held at the Pipeline. These include the Pipeline Masters, the Pipeline Bodysurfing Classic, and the IBA Pipeline Pro.