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    Biggest wave you've ever ridden??

    I think the biggest wave I've ever ridden was probably only like 6 feet high, at the Casino Pier. Im not too comfortable in big surf yet. What was yours? And where?

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    It was around 6-8' on the face during the Saturday of Hurricane Bill in '09, I was in Jax Beach, FL. Me and a buddy probably waited for 30 minutes after we got out back before we each finally decided to paddle for one. I remember the first wave I caught probably walled up over 6'.

    One thing I remember though, after surfing for about 4 hours, the following day you were almost immune to waves that size. It was smaller, but I was paddling for 4-6' waves like I normally would for 2-3'.

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    I was down at Pavones this fall. Solid 7-9ft swell coming in with bigger sets probably pushing 12-15. Unbalievable

    Had one set roll in though that wiped out everyone. I swear this thing was pushing twenty, at least it felt like it when it fell on my head. I got caught in the impact zone for three in a row. Hit bottom on the third. Totally worth it though

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfnut1018 View Post
    I was down at Pavones this fall. Solid 7-9ft swell coming in with bigger sets probably pushing 12-15. Unbalievable

    Had one set roll in though that wiped out everyone. I swear this thing was pushing twenty, at least it felt like it when it fell on my head. I got caught in the impact zone for three in a row. Hit bottom on the third. Totally worth it though
    Surfnut, i was there in late august and found the same. All breaks in the dominical area were too large and closing out so we took that trip. Solid 10-15 footers connecting from the point to the river mouth. Also the largest waves, most brutal beatings, and longest hold downs that I have experienced. The reward of a several second DOH barrel ride far outweighs the travel $, time, the 2 wave hold downs, the ragdolling and bouncing off the rocky bottom ... fo sho!

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    12-15ft face...black's beach. 2005.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idsmashh View Post
    I think the biggest wave I've ever ridden was probably only like 6 feet high, at the Casino Pier. Im not too comfortable in big surf yet. What was yours? And where?
    actually think it could of been last sunday in deal
    6-8 foot faces definitely
    caught a few outsiders that felt like the rocky mountains
    http://www.youtube.com/user/JackClassical?feature=mhum
    Last edited by Surfreports; Apr 25, 2011 at 02:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surfnut1018 View Post
    I was down at Pavones this fall. Solid 7-9ft swell coming in with bigger sets probably pushing 12-15. Unbalievable

    Had one set roll in though that wiped out everyone. I swear this thing was pushing twenty, at least it felt like it when it fell on my head. I got caught in the impact zone for three in a row. Hit bottom on the third. Totally worth it though
    wow. thats awesome. see i dont know how you overcome that fear tho. I cant ever imagine being so experienced that a 15foot face doesnt scare the sh*t out of me. the biggest wave i've ever seen was probably 20 feet at the CP near the end of Hurricane Earl. There was only one guy out there (but plenty more on the beach watching). It was a sneaky set that broke farther out. I've never seen anyone paddle so fast hahaha
    Last edited by idsmashh; Apr 25, 2011 at 01:56 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idsmashh View Post
    see i dont know how you overcome that fear tho. I cant ever imagine being so experienced that a 15foot face doesnt scare the sh*t out of me.
    time in the water is all. i used to be scared as hell of anything over head high. the best thing for me was when my dad, who is one hell of a waterman even now at age 64, took me bodysurfing in 8-10ft closeouts when i was about 15. he showed me everything i needed to know to be safe. how to dive under the waves to avoid getting worked, where to paddle out, & most importantly, what would happen to you if you DID get worked...which was, in general, absolutely nothing if you're in any kind of decent physical shape. yea, you'll get worked & maybe even come up a bit short of breath, but you'll survive.
    surfing bigger waves is a totally different experience than surfing fun sized waves. (& that's a totally relative benchmark. i find 6-8ft waves to be entirely playful. many don't.) but as you progress & spend more time in the water, your threshold will increase & what used to be scary won't be anymore.
    after a certain size, tho, i think that if you're not at least a little scared, then there's probably something wrong w/ you...

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    big wave

    not paying attention one day an 8 ft wall landed on my head and i rode underneath that thing for a good while, sucked!!!!!
    otherwise I rode and actually stood up on a 5 ft wave....lake of mexico surfing. should be a good cane season this year....fingers crossed

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    time in the water is all. i used to be scared as hell of anything over head high. the best thing for me was when my dad, who is one hell of a waterman even now at age 64, took me bodysurfing in 8-10ft closeouts when i was about 15. he showed me everything i needed to know to be safe. how to dive under the waves to avoid getting worked, where to paddle out, & most importantly, what would happen to you if you DID get worked...which was, in general, absolutely nothing if you're in any kind of decent physical shape. yea, you'll get worked & maybe even come up a bit short of breath, but you'll survive.
    surfing bigger waves is a totally different experience than surfing fun sized waves. (& that's a totally relative benchmark. i find 6-8ft waves to be entirely playful. many don't.) but as you progress & spend more time in the water, your threshold will increase & what used to be scary won't be anymore.
    after a certain size, tho, i think that if you're not at least a little scared, then there's probably something wrong w/ you...
    yeaa 3-5 is playfull for me. 6-8 is my limit. went out in 12-15 once, **** my pants, and returned to the beach lol