In 1994, skilled Hawaiian big-wave surfer Mark Foo died surfing this point.
Those surfers who do conquer its peak join a small club of overachievers.
5. P-Pass, Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia
P-Pass (short for Paliker Pass) is known for its incredible right-hander.
"It's just flawless, blue, reef-pass tubes," says Paul.
Due to a remote location and the relatively high cost to reach it, the spot remains largely uncrowded despite its superlative rides.
4. Uluwatu and Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
This paradise island attracts expert surfers from Australia and Hawaii, plus beginners from across the globe -- all can enjoy these perfect glassy faces.
3. Teahupo'o, Tahiti, French Polynesia
"Teahupo'o is one of the most perfect and feared waves in the world," says Paul about this unique Tahiti reef break.
"It's a short, intense ride and when it gets above 10 feet it's one of the most surreal waves in the world -- almost cartoonish."
The heavy hollow-breaking wave is as dangerous as it is rewarding -- the name means "Wall of Heads."
2. Supertubes, Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa
The best right-hand ride in the world, according to our panel of Surfing Magazine editors, Jeffrey's Bay offers long, fast barrels off an intense point break.
The bay is divided into sections, so there are plenty of choices -- Kitchen Windows, Magna Tubes, Boneyards and, gnarliest of all, Supertubes.
Expert surfers flock here for rides up to 300 meters long.
1. Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii
Here it is -- the granddaddy of all waves.
Most surfers will never be good enough to ride here, but everyone dreams of bobbing along its perfect crest.
Located on the island where modern surfing was developed, this is one of the heaviest waves in the world, scaling more than six meters over a shallow base of razor-blade table reef.
Ride this flawless water tube and you've communed with one of nature's finest creations.