A wave doesn't have to be very tall to pitchpole the boat. If the boat hits the back of a wave and the bow gets stuffed into it... and it is going fast enough... it will pitchpole.
I'm thinking: pitchpoling means you ran into a wave whose height is greater enough than the length of your boat that it can toss it tail-over-tincups.
How does a Hobie 16 get into a sea state that severe? Or are there conditions that will toss a Hobie less than that?
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