Sneaker Waves

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    Sep 13, 2015 8:26 PM GMT

    This weekend, news reported a "drowning warning" (which I never heard of) for the entire LA County-Orange County coast line from Malibu down to Newport. I didn't know this when I went to the beach here in Santa Monica on Sat but this storm, from Labor Day weekend, is not done yet, looks like we might get some rain this week too, from Linda.

    OMG, waves like I have never seen in LA county from hurricane Linda, they were in pairs and many many sneaker ones. "never turn your back on the ocean" is an understatement, I didn't get caught in any rip current, but two times sneaker waves pushed me over, I almost injured my knee. Definitely wears you out, add the fact this weekends New Moon affecting tides, with this storm. My legs today still feel as though I did "leg day" at the gym icon_surprised.gif
    http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/linda-thunderstorms-rain-southern-california/52334320



    RIP CURRENT, SNEAKER WAVE RISK HIGH THIS LABOR DAY
    http://abc7.com/weather/rip-current-sneaker-wave-risk-high-this-labor-day-/972773/



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    Sep 13, 2015 8:36 PM GMT
    I am not a surfer, but when you are at water level, flat calm, and you see a wave coming at you, you can usually tell its height, if im 6ft, standing on the sand, and I look straight out and see the wave crest, this would mean the wave height is also 6ft or higher depending on my need to tilt my head for higher or lower. Waves on Sat were cresting at least 6ft, sometimes 7ft, amazing I got to see this power! icon_surprised.gif

    Many guys in the water with me, were just diving into the high waves. You can feel the sneaker waves on your feet, when it rushes forward, knocks you down, then you can feel "the suck" as it quickly goes back out. During the suck out, it is difficult to stand and get back on your feet before the next wave arrives. It can be dangerous for anyone not prepared or cant get up in time

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    Sep 14, 2015 4:53 AM GMT
    Meh, typical storm swells along the east coast. I love going to the ocean a few hours before a hurricane hits. The waves are fucking awesome to play in!
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    Sep 14, 2015 4:08 PM GMT
    Yes, big waves are fun to play in, whatever the game, but even strong swimmers need to be careful. I handled several lawsuits involving deaths caused by sneaker waves, which even upset boats skippered by experienced captains. I was once caught in an undertow off Huntington Beach and will never forget it, being pulled not just outward, but downward as well. It took everything I had to keep myself on the surface and swimming parallel to the coast, and I finally got out of it several hundred yards from where it caught me. Have fun, but be careful out there!