I surfed a 40 footer off of Casino Pier in 1989 - it was sick. The barrel was big enough to fit a mobile home and I had about a 60 second tube ride. I was riding a 80's style twin-fin with no leash, old school.
Double OH Nexpa. Some of the best waves I have ever surfed. I too passed on 15'-20' at Pascuales even though I had a 7'6" pin. Just watching was good enough for me and you better believe there were people out surfing it like it was a head high day for them.
Fran was big in 96 I remember super glassy double overhead +SE groundswell waves (sw winds)at the laundrymat in kitty hawk washing across the beach road.Isabel groundswell 2003 frisco NE wind was pretty big too