Paddling out during the peak of the Hurricane Bill swell (Saturday afternoon/evening) at a beachbreak was difficult even with the long period in OCMD. I know there were very few takers between 18th and 12th streets. Especially compared to Sunday morning when the swell dropped considerably but was still alot of fun. I am not sure how that compares to Hawaii at 4-6' on a reef. I would love for it to be that big around here 10-15 times a year (without the freezing water temps). I dare say most people around here are not ready for it.
I have surfed in Hawaii during south swells of 2-3' on some nice reefs but I would have loved for it to be bigger and more powerful.