For a North Shore specialist, nothing matters more than the handful of months between November and February.

This is when surfing’s mecca roars to life. Hawaii issues a challenge to all those willing to test their mettle, and for a select few who answer the call, it’s crucial that they be ready because it won’t give you an inch and will take joy in exposing your weaknesses.

Eli Olson in one of those surfers who live for this challenge. That’s why each year he dedicates himself to a grueling routine of training and martial arts, so when Pipe comes knocking on his door, he can answer it with confidence.