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Huahine and Tahiti. In both cases there were reefs that kept it calm at the beach. But twice I approached a pass on Huahine, once in a kayak and once in a 40' boat. The waves coming in through the pass were like buildings rolling in. Two surboarders looked like action figures they were so dwarfed by the waves. They also sounded like jets taking off when they broke.
Above is a good site that explains wave mechanics. Talks about North Shore of Oahu but pertains to any deep water surf break. In the summer, I anchor at Waimea bay, but winter- no way, check out some of the pics of Waimea when surf is up.
Last edited by casey1999; 12-22-2011 at 08:22 PM.