first time to oahu when i was 19, on the last day of my 2 month trip, i paddled out at haleiwa with some friends. it was "6-8ft" and omfg i thought i was going to die. i have no idea how big the faces were, that place is heavy!!
Session of my life at "Salsa Bravo" in Puerto Viejo, CR. sick point break, drove all night from the pacific coast. I awoke to heaven. 15-17 ft faces, mid tide, just jacking up off the reef. Scared ****tless. but paddled out with two buddies of mine. Caught one, dropped in, and pulled into a barrel I would never forget. It just dumped over my head and i took off. With a few locals hootin and only surreal palm trees in my vision, i couldnt help but enjoi the moment of pure legal extasy. Got caught inside after a few more, the reef left its mark but I will never forget that first barrel.
I generally don't care what is said and enjoy the comedic value of this form. However I think its higly unlikely that you rode 17 ft hurricane surf in Trinidad as a child. Let's try to be at least a little bit truthful. We should refrain from outlandish claims about monster surf or girlfriends in the Niagra Falls region.
The largest iv ridden had to be something like 8 to 10ft in OBX. Or at least thats what it seamed.
The largest iv tried to get out was when a tropical storm hit oceancity in nov and it looked to be 15+ faces. Tried to paddle out twice but my wetsuit was crap and my hands started turning black ha since i didnt have gloves.