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    See you on the bottom

    I guess I need to start posting crap on here.... Let's see, people love stories about death and destruction, so, does anyone have any good hold down stories? Longest you have been held down, where, did you come up? LOL

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    I can't say I have any dramatic, near death hold down stories. But I can say that I tend to get beat up a little more on, say, head high days than on big DOH days. I think it has to do with the fact that on the biggest days, you're taking the precautions... making sure you get that extra deep breath... making sure you don't panic... etc. You make a conscious effort to prepare yourself for the big hits, and to avoid putting yourself into dangerous situations. But on the days where it's only in the head high range, you don't necessarily take those precautions... you don't think about any "consequences" so you're more likely to make mistakes.... like not timing your paddle out, not paying attention to currents, not looking for the sandy bottom on that inside closout section that could cost you your board... or a few stitches.

    So the longest "hold down" I've ever had was only a few seconds, but with no air in your lungs, it still makes you come up gasping for air like it was your last breath on Earth.

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    I've had several hold downs where my throat muscles started to spasm, but never inhaled water (knock on wood). The worst scare I had was jumping off my board and not realizing how shallow it was beneath me. Some how I end up going in head first, slamming the crown of my head into the floor, and jarring my neck/head. I thought at first I'm dead, then I thought I'm paralyzed, then I thought one more wave!

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    Surfing the North East with the 30 yard paddles does not prepare you for some of the 300 yard paddles on the West Coast. I was surfing Ocean Beach in San Diego on a pretty big day. I was kind of getting worked a little with the paddling and then a big 4 wave set came through and I got caught on the inside. I was held under for quite a while, then when you get to the surface to take a breath, you get slammed again! It is a very weird feeling being held under that long, thinking, am I coming up or not. Then you come up and paddle back out! LOL
    Holy Sh_t Stoney, yeah, that's prob a little worse than a long hold down!!!

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    On the East Coast, its more about not smacking the bottom hard, on the shallow sand bars.

    But then again, in the winter, when your in top to bottom in rubber, a 5 second hold down seems like forever!

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    big ass day in cedars, in a nice barrel but eventually got swallowed up. came up to find a jetty 2 ft away and a few more waves coming right at me. first wave came and i swam down super deep, and gently was brushed up against the jetty by the current/breaking wave(mad mussels n crap). before the second wave came, i literally ran across the top of the jetty (higher tide, small jetty) and managed to make it under the second wave (significantly less impact than the first one)

    made it to the beach EXHAUSTED, thanking god i didn't get my leash snagged on the jetty or get knocked out.

    escaped w/ a few cuts on my feet, minor tears in wetsuit and small dings in board. by far scariest experience i've had surfing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mOtion732 View Post
    big ass day in cedars, in a nice barrel but eventually got swallowed up. came up to find a jetty 2 ft away and a few more waves coming right at me. first wave came and i swam down super deep, and gently was brushed up against the jetty by the current/breaking wave(mad mussels n crap). before the second wave came, i literally ran across the top of the jetty (higher tide, small jetty) and managed to make it under the second wave (significantly less impact than the first one)

    made it to the beach EXHAUSTED, thanking god i didn't get my leash snagged on the jetty or get knocked out.

    escaped w/ a few cuts on my feet, minor tears in wetsuit and small dings in board. by far scariest experience i've had surfing.
    That reminds me of another time at a break with very little beach. I was just trying to get out of the water and was getting pounded into the rocks, walking perpendicular to the incoming waves. I thought my right leg was going to get snapped over a couple boulders several times, but I just kept rushing towards safety every time the water sucked back out.

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    It's funny, as good as we think we are, (swimming, surfing, sponging, etc) Mother Nature always puts our asses right back in check and let's us know who is in charge! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroevol View Post
    Surfing the North East with the 30 yard paddles does not prepare you for some of the 300 yard paddles on the West Coast. I was surfing Ocean Beach in San Diego on a pretty big day. I was kind of getting worked a little with the paddling and then a big 4 wave set came through and I got caught on the inside. I was held under for quite a while, then when you get to the surface to take a breath, you get slammed again! It is a very weird feeling being held under that long, thinking, am I coming up or not. Then you come up and paddle back out! LOL
    Holy Sh_t Stoney, yeah, that's prob a little worse than a long hold down!!!
    My worst was at South Garbage like 5 years ago. I was out on what was the biggest day I have ever seen in San Diego... I was out on the shoulder for a long time. I saw a few smaller sets and we were all going on them, having fun. Getting confident, then this old guy on a long board said that in a few minutes, the whole cove was going to empty out at the tide shift and we were going to see clean up sets. About five minutes later, on the horizon, you could see huge rouge sets scooping in from the south. And we all paddled like madmen. Me and one other guy almost made it to the outside, but at the last second the water kept sucking up and we were right under the lip. Luckily, I duck dove what felt like 10 feet deep and braced myself. I had both feet on my board for extra push and when the wave impacted the top of the water, it shot down right across my back and slammed the middle of my board. It immediately broke two of my twos and ripped the board off my leg. I was about 15 feet deep for one more wave that broke and I could see the light kind of so I knew I was going back up to the top. When i caught air, there was a no move waves coming and my board was only about 50 feet away. I guess my board went so deep it didnt come back up until the set was over. But there were 20 people in the lineup that day and me and one other guy were left. Every other person just got swept into the beach. Broken leashes. Snapped boards. Craziest one I have ever been in. And what makes it scary is that this break is like 350 years out to sea. So when you are alone. You are alone. No lifeguards on the beach... And you are in water that is very, very deep.... I got lucky and in the end it wasnt that bad, but that was for sure my worst hold down. I was shook the rest of the day. It look me an hour just to pick off a wave to take back to the inside that day. I was just way outside after that trying to avoid death, thinking why the fu** did I paddle out here. This was stupid. I am on a 7'6 pipeline gun paddling around in 20ft sets... what am I thinknig.... Scary day. I have never surfed a really HUGE day since then. When it gets that big, I can watch. Not worth the possibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeroevol View Post
    It's funny, as good as we think we are, (swimming, surfing, sponging, etc) Mother Nature always puts our asses right back in check and let's us know who is in charge! LOL
    Yep... saw a lifeguard out surfing a little jetty one day during a decent swell at a spot where the current really swirls near the end of the rocks. He wasn't paying attention, I guess, and took off too deep. He didn't make the drop and ended up getting pounded into the rocks. They had to take him off the beach on a stretcher... punctured lung and broken ribs. Missed a semester of school in Hawaii that fall.