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  1. #21
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    Talk about beating a dead horse. We get it. According to people who don't live here, NJ is worthless and full of a$$holes. Fair enough. Get over it.

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  2. #22
    The Hawaiians measure their waves from the back. For instance if you were approaching an island by boat and can't see the wave's breaking face, then you would only measure it from the backside. So Hawaii's scale 23 foot wave would be 3ft back, 20ft face. Teahupoo flat = 23ft face.

  3. #23
    The Hawaiian wave scale really screws with your ego. I go to Oahu at least every other year and will undoubtedly be out in the water on a rising swell that will scare the crap out of me. When I check the reports they say 4-6ft. I have never been scared on east coast report of the same size but in Hawaii that is the maximum size I surf. Even more confusing is that the scale changes when you go to south shore of Oahu. 4-6 ft on south shore is really fun and nowhere near as heavy on NS.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by smitty517 View Post
    The Hawaiian wave scale really screws with your ego. I go to Oahu at least every other year and will undoubtedly be out in the water on a rising swell that will scare the crap out of me. When I check the reports they say 4-6ft. I have never been scared on east coast report of the same size but in Hawaii that is the maximum size I surf. Even more confusing is that the scale changes when you go to south shore of Oahu. 4-6 ft on south shore is really fun and nowhere near as heavy on NS.
    It started as an ego killer. Mainlanders would go out and say 10 foot waves were 7 feet to act like it was nothing for them. Then someone would say no those were like 6 feet maybe you're just a betch.
    Then from there it went on into what we have today.

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    well when i was in Hawaii the forecast according to Surfline was 1-2 poor to fair, it was 3-4+ Jersey and the best shape i ever seen. I was blessed one day with 2-3 + and this was one of the best days of surfing I ever had. Diamond Head on south shore was 5-7 Jersey with + sets and firing. I don't even want to know what a legit 5-7 on surfline would be in Hawaii.

  6. #26
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    Yo if it's hitting n ur at either place who the heck cares. Right place at right time make memories. Live it don't wish it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dudeclimbing View Post
    Live it don't wish it!
    #belmar,nj

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    The Hawaiian scale is not the back of the wave, thats just retarded. its the size of the tube. a 6 foot tube will be starting out with a 10 foot plus face before it folds over to make a man sized tube

    6 foot is the size of the tube.

    6 foot face will be a 3-3.5 foot tube

  9. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by MakeItStop View Post
    The Hawaiian scale is not the back of the wave, thats just retarded. its the size of the tube. a 6 foot tube will be starting out with a 10 foot plus face before it folds over to make a man sized tube

    6 foot is the size of the tube.

    6 foot face will be a 3-3.5 foot tube
    I never heard it as that, but thats not to say thats not how somebody told it to you. Theres so many different versions of EVERYTHING out here.

    The way ive always heard it is; its generally easiest to "measure" it by the back of the wave. So in essence to get your general "everywhere else" size you just gotta double what it is "hawaiian".

    Its also why i just call it by body part...ankle, knee, chest/shoulder, head, and overhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatSlyB View Post
    I always wondered why they called it "Hawaiian" scale, when it was mainlanders going to Hawaii that started it
    True... Very true.