IIRC, the Pardeys admit the possibility that a wave could come from an unexpected direction and break on them, and that that would be bad. I think the idea is that most breaking waves that are dangerous will be approaching from windward.
The idea that a breaking wave is going to be coming from a significantly different direction is a crock of sH!T. From what I've read, a lot of study has been done on this and it just doesn't happen. Don Jordan mentions this in some of his writings, and that's one reason the JSD works as well as it does, since it helps protects the boat from breaking wave strikes.
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