A pitchpole isn't very much fun, but if you manage to save it at that last second its great. One time my son and I were blasting across the bay in 20kt winds, he was on the tiller and I was hanging off the side in the trap harness, The boat started to pitchpole. He reacted quick enough to keep us up. I'm not sure how he did that time because his ballast (me) wasn't paying attention. I bounced off the jib and ended up on the downwind side of the mast. The best fun I've every had on it though, is launching the whole boat into the air off of big waves.
1971 Cal25 Hull #19