"I Surfed the Tsunami"

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  1. Amsel

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    :shock:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/wor...emarkable-escape-rode-killer-Samoan-wave.html
     
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    Duuuuude....righteous!

    (sorry, had to say it)

    Hey, when confronted by 20'feet worth of angry ocean, ya do what ya gotta do!
     
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    hmmmm, I guess it's possible. Sounds kinda fishy though
     
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but isnt' the best way to get past a wave to duck under the wave, not try to power up over the top of it?
     
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    That's a tricky call there. You have to be able to judge the conditions before you make your move.

    If you have a wave breaking, you don't want to be at the base because it'll hammer you on the floor, especially if your over a reef. The coral will make you look like you just passed through a food processor. There can also be a strong under-tow or rip current that can haul you along the floor and out a ways. This is not good if you've just been body-checked and had the wind knocked out of you.

    You can also dive into a curling wave about mid height, but that's a crap-shoot as to where you'll end up. And that again, is depending on the wave's character, but typically, you'll come out backside in pretty good shape just outside of the turbulance.

    If the swell is out a ways, you can dive into the base and you should be alright.

    The above applies to typical tidal waves. A Tsunami is different. with a Tsunami, the wave doesn't just ride the surface of the water, it is a complete wave from the floor upwards. You dive into it, chances are you'll be caught up in the brutal turbulance and probably sucked down, depending on what the wave is passing over and if there's another swell following it, not to mention any debris dredged up from the bottom swirling around in the vortices.

    Since the wave was out a ways and not curling, I think the guy made the right call and "faced" it.

    Doing that most likely saved his life.
     
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    Gotcha. Never did any surfing, myself, just a little bit of boogie-boarding. I totally understand his intense desire to stay away from the tussle between surf and jungle, though...nothing more dangerous than flooded trees.
     
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    and im jesus
     
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    I think the term "surfed" it is bogus... He paddled over the top of a large surging wall of water, he did not "surf" it....
     
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    dude ,get hip. I suggest Beach Boys "Good Vibrations".ch
     
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    Well, its about to get bloody....
     
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    Get hip??? Who the fu*k are u pal??? Ive surfed since I was old enough to walk and grew up listening to the Beach Boys....

    Frickin Meatball..
     
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    "dude?" "get hip?"

    What the eff is that supposed to mean?

    If you want to toss out surfing lingo, try "hey barney, bail off this patch, you're posing, dude..."

    And while you're being a "leaner", check out the Surf Punks' song "Beercan Beach"...it really applies in this case...seriously.
     
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    #14 B-17engineer, Oct 6, 2009
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    Get hip....... heh.

    Wait you also, live in PA, when do you go surfing?
     
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    I think hes a E-thug
     
  16. Vassili Zaitzev

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    Didn't know they had surfing in PA, sure as hell don't have any in CT.
     
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    Yea, my cousins live in CT, Wilton. They took us the the 'shore' once, my dad thinks its more of a sound than a shore. :lol:
     
  18. Vassili Zaitzev

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    Well, when your only coastline is facing Long Island Sound.....:rolleyes:

    About the biggest waves I saw was at Coast Guard beach in the Cape.
     
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    Yea, I went to the Outer Banks NC this summer, some pretty big waves down there! Jersey shore doesn't have big waves, just hurt because there's shells everywhere :lol:
     
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    Outer banks, that's where Cape Hatteras is right?
     
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