Banzai Pipehitters 3/4 Sleeve Raglan
- Printed and shipped from the UK
- 100% Combed Cotton.
- Jersey 4.4oz/ 150g.
The Banzai Pipehitters is another knowing nod to the cross-over between military and civilian culture.
The Banzai Pipe, more commonly known as the Pipeline or Pipe, is a surf reef break located in Hawaii, off Ehukai Beach Park in Pupukea on O'ahu's North Shore. The Pipeline is world-renowned for notorious huge waves which break in shallow water just above a sharp and cavernous reef, forming large, hollow, thick curls of water that surfers can tube ride to their hearts content.
This tee combines the name of the surf break (Pipeline) with the name of the beach fronting it (Banzai Beach). The origins of the name can be traced back to December 1961, when surfing legend producer Bruce Brown was driving up north with Californians Phil Edwards and Mike Diffenderfer. Bruce stopped at the then-unnamed site to film Phil catching several waves. At the time, there was a construction project on an underground pipeline on adjacent Kamehameha Highway, and Mike made the suggestion to name the break "Pipeline". The name was first used in Bruce Browns movie Surfing Hollow Days. It also lent its name to a 1963 hit Pipeline by surf music rockers The Chantays.
Within military and contractor circles a Pipehitter can be described as; Some one or a group of people who are willing to go to the extreme in order to get things accomplished. Attributes most commonly found within special forces communities, but certainly not limited to that. It is rapidly evolving to encompass all those who live life to the extreme!
A popular reference in movie culture comes from Pulp Fiction and the now infamous quote from Marsellus Wallace: "I'ma call a coupla hard, pipehittin' niggas, who'll go to work on the homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch".