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Indyblackhawk
01-23-2013, 12:06 PM
Not a very smart move by this captain, but gives me more confidence in the rough water capability of our 43zr!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwsCyRol4TA

duckhunter
01-23-2013, 12:53 PM
Hard to tell details from the video, but I'm pretty sure the name of the boat is "Darwin's Waiting Room." Stupid human tricks for sure.

Carl C
01-23-2013, 02:10 PM
Looks like it was either take the wave head on or beach the boat once he got trapped in there. I've been seeing mixed reports on injuries or boat damage and would like to know the outcome.

pipnit
01-23-2013, 06:00 PM
HOLY COW! :shocking::shocking::shocking::shocking::shocking: :shocking:

tnc110
01-23-2013, 07:05 PM
Captain screwed up by getting in this situation...but I think he handled it the best he could...what else could he have done????

Phil S
01-23-2013, 09:14 PM
Walk in the park...:wink:

knots2u
01-24-2013, 05:31 PM
Balls, bronze or 17-4PH (heat treated)

:wink:

Ghost
01-24-2013, 08:00 PM
Did that in a 12 foot 2-person sea kayak once...flipped end over end.

bertsboat
01-25-2013, 06:23 PM
I wish the guy hadn't stopped recording. I'm thinking he lost power, otherwise I think we would have seen him hightail it out of these from behind the last wave. Unless there were injurious, which I am sure there was. Did you see there the guy was weightless!!

maddad
01-25-2013, 07:52 PM
It looks like the weightless guy ends up on the deck in front of the wind screen. Maybe that's why he couldn't hit the gas after the moon shot.

pipnit
01-26-2013, 12:10 AM
yeah, for sure someone was on the deck in front of the wind shield. Holy cow! So what are the facts of this story?

tnc110
01-26-2013, 08:55 PM
I think I read on OSO that one of the passengers is suing...what a douche... Really surprised that more info hasnt been released yet...wonder how the hull held up???

mattyboy
01-28-2013, 08:44 PM
what puzzles me, this was just north of Mavericks number 3 on the top 10 deadliest waves of the world. not sure if he knew where he was or if he did if he did it on purpose or was he heading north to try and get out of the break area . not a good thing when your inside the break with 20-30 footers

http://surf.transworld.net/1000074837/features/top-ten-deadly-waves-of-the-world/

Ghost
01-28-2013, 10:21 PM
what puzzles me, this was just north of Mavericks number 3 on the top 10 deadliest waves of the world. not sure if he knew where he was or if he did if he did it on purpose or was he heading north to try and get out of the break area . not a good thing when your inside the break with 20-30 footers

http://surf.transworld.net/1000074837/features/top-ten-deadly-waves-of-the-world/


Agreed. I think this was a classic case of "see how fast it can happen." One minute you're rolling along and the stuff on your left feels a long ways away and is not all that big. Suddenly, rolling along at 40 mph, that turns into being pinned in, not being sure you could even turn around if you tried, and the stuff's getting much bigger, and the wave angle is now running you onto the rocks. I'm a little surprised nobody got seriously hurt or worse.

And as you say, about the only way to avoid it is to...well...avoid it. Which means knowing the area and what can happen, a LONG time earlier, and never being forced to make a split-second decision.

mattyboy
01-29-2013, 08:15 AM
Agreed. I think this was a classic case of "see how fast it can happen." One minute you're rolling along and the stuff on your left feels a long ways away and is not all that big. Suddenly, rolling along at 40 mph, that turns into being pinned in, not being sure you could even turn around if you tried, and the stuff's getting much bigger, and the wave angle is now running you onto the rocks. I'm a little surprised nobody got seriously hurt or worse.

And as you say, about the only way to avoid it is to...well...avoid it. Which means knowing the area and what can happen, a LONG time earlier, and never being forced to make a split-second decision.

exactly. then if your trying to figure out if it is a lefthand or a righthand break to make your escape it is too damn late. I have read the drives broke after hitting the bottom not sure if that is true but in the end part of the video one of the waves does have what looks like an oil slick. I always thought as I sat on the beach on the Jersey Shore it would be a blast to skim along the outside of the break like the jet skis do . I gave that up after a run in 1000 islands in nasty 5 rollers.

I guess he handled it best after screwing up would have been worse if the boat rolled then tumbled into shore or been pinned on the bottom by the surf.

CHACHI
01-29-2013, 10:04 AM
Matty, your boat wasn't 43 feet long.;)

The Hornet will handle those 5 footers much better.

Ken

biggiefl
01-29-2013, 02:05 PM
I got nailed by my parents riding in the surf in my 13' Whaler on LBI(NJ) when I was like 14. Who knew my Dad was on the roof repairing some shingles? nice 4-5 footers. Lots of fun....until I got home.

Pismo
01-29-2013, 07:46 PM
Video is gone off YTube..

tnc110
01-30-2013, 11:32 PM
heres a better quality link

http://vimeo.com/58283259

Lively-one
01-30-2013, 11:45 PM
D-a-m-m-i-t...video no longer available.

Carl C
01-31-2013, 08:19 AM
D-a-m-m-i-t...video no longer available.

It's back. There is no sweeping this one under the rug! The cool dubstep version is gone though...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=907DMDgKEdY

http://vimeo.com/58283259

biggiefl
01-31-2013, 11:08 AM
After seeing video..15ft wave is more like it, not 40+.

VetteLT193
01-31-2013, 11:37 AM
After seeing video..15ft wave is more like it, not 40+.

The entire length of the 43 foot boat was on that wave. However it was at an angle. My eyeball guesstimate puts that thing at a 45 degree angle? if 45 degree angle it's a 30+ foot wave if my head math is right.

biggiefl
01-31-2013, 12:00 PM
All he had to do was go right instead of left and he would have gone over it just like the first wave. He did that intentionally, not because he was boxed in. The first wave he handled correctly and was getting boxed in. The 2nd I think he or someone thought, let's try for some air instead of going 100' to the right. I have spent MANY MANY days jumping waves in the Barnegat inlet, that was an easy set to avoid all together if he wanted to. Bad judgement plain & simple. Maybe a tad larger than 15 but not 40+. As far as a surfer would see it....15+. A boater would say 40+. They measure waves in a different manor.

Now did you guys see that crazy F*@k surf the 100' wave in Portugal and live on Tuesday?

VetteLT193
01-31-2013, 12:11 PM
Now did you guys see that crazy F*@k surf the 100' wave in Portugal and live on Tuesday?

yeah, that dude is nuts!!!!!!

biggiefl
02-01-2013, 12:51 AM
I needed a Xanax just watching it. Coming down for the ditch run? You could be part of the Stuart contingency.

Ghost
02-01-2013, 01:55 AM
I hadn't heard about this. HFS!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM2u3NknU4Q

VetteLT193
02-01-2013, 08:28 AM
I needed a Xanax just watching it. Coming down for the ditch run? You could be part of the Stuart contingency.

Not sure... If I head down the west side is better. If I had a diesel truck I'd be all about it, towing with the navigator that far sucks. I just looked at the charts to see how much it would cost me to run the boat down :bonk:

Indyblackhawk
02-05-2013, 10:59 PM
Video is back up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwsCyRol4TA