Monday, November 10, 2008

Gnarly, dude!

I don't know whether you believe in God, but there is no doubt in my mind that nature is an absolutely powerful thing. I saw this picture online the other day and it blew me away. Can you imagine being in a submarine with a surge this big? Or how about aboard a pirate ship and seeing this enormous wave coming toward you? I couldn't even imagine how frightening it would be to see this, more or less experience it when you got into it. I grew up close to the Pacific ocean and went swimming at the beach often. I've had my share of wipe-outs and know the feeling of being pulled under and not knowing what side is up. Can you imagine getting whacked around by a 40-foot tall wave like this? Read the story here.

12 comments:

  1. Wow! Honestly I wish I could experience something like that. ~sigh~ I go to the Carolina coast a lot, but where we are, the waves are pretty tiny (especially compared to this) I always tell myself that when my kids are older and they don't need my constant attention, I'm going to try surfing some day. But then again . . .I'm not getting any younger. I wish I would've learned in my younger years. I don't think I'd ever master anything as grand as your picture, but maybe I could manage one of the baby waves in Myrtle Beach. ;0) Not to mention, I'm getting more cautious and less care free in my old age too. but I have to try it at least once. Right?

    Christy

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  2. No, I can't even imagine. I am not afraid of the water but I accept that it is very powerful and thus I am very cautious. I was once caught in an undertow and seriously thought that was that. Now I could have decided never to go near the water again, become afraid and pass that fear onto my kids but I decided not to. My love of the water is too great so instead my kids are in swimming classes (before they turned 1) and whenever we visit the coast, we head to the beach.

    I never underestimate the power of nature (of any kind - from oceans to hurricanes to earthquakes to ice storms!) but I also never forget the beauty.

    Thanks for sharing the awesome picture Rena!

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  3. Thats one big wave - amazing

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  4. water can be a powerful force...I've never been a surfer gal, mainly because of waves like this..grin...

    Great pic...

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  5. Christy -- I know a lot of people who are older and are surfers. The guy from the kid's group The Wiggles, Jeff (purple one) is in his 50s and he's an avid surfer.

    Tracy -- I had a bad experience with water when I was younger too. I jumped into a swimming pool and for some reason I forgot how to swim. I nearly drowned. One of those strange, unexplainable things. Good for you for getting your kids into lessons. That's so important.

    Dee -- Yeah, it's huge and it's somewhere down by you in Australia. I think it's south Australia. You got the waves down there, that's for sure!

    Brenda -- I hear you on water being powerful. I've only body surfed and boogie boarded, plus regular swimming. Now I'm more into nice mellow fresh water kayaking. :)

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  6. I do a lot of water sports and have since I was about 7. I waterski, wakeboard, white water raft, etc. But, I would be scared out of my mind if I saw a wave like that coming at me. And, if you look at that wave from the side, it looks like a face is in there - YIKES!!!

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  7. What a gorgeous, amazing picture! Glad the surfer came out okay!
    I remember as a teen jumping into big waves in the Caribbean and being pulled under and pinned to the sand floor...only to get up and do it again. (I'm usually SO cautious! How stupid of me to do that!)

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  8. I can't imagine it, but boy does it look cool!

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  9. I love water sports too!
    I have to use my imagination to picture myself actually staying upright!!!
    What a powerful photo!

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  11. Those waves look amazing, but I don't know how surfers do it. I get nervous just watching them.

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  12. The whole idea of surfing really sounds cool to me until I consider waves like this. I think I'm a wuss.

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