Terrorists and the Ocean, Terrifying and Gentle

The Mali town that was just recaptured described the Islamist invaders as both terrifying and gentle. Sure. They used gentleness to get what they wanted and then they resorted to terror when gentle did not work. No, as any Sailor will tell you, only the ocean is truly both terrifying and gentle:

Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal.

Hawaiian surfer Garrett McNamara is said to have broken his own world record for the largest wave surfed when he caught a wave reported to be around 100ft off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal.

Yes, Garrett McNamara just set a world record with the above swell. Swell.

4 thoughts on “Terrorists and the Ocean, Terrifying and Gentle

  1. I have been on a Frigate that had no option but to run through a force ten in the North Atlantic in winter. The ship corkscrewed for over two days, the galley closed for hot meals and those that could eat had bread and cold meat to look forward to. The ships company not on essential duties just tied them selves into their bunks and waited it out.

    I have the greatest respect for salt water and the fury it can bring.

    Yours Aye.

  2. EB: I don’t mind up and down but the yaw like you are describing is rough. Salt water can be furious. . .
    ND: Love ‘em. I have stood right at the spot on the carrier bridge where the second one was filmed. But I have never seen a wave wash down the flight deck like that. I bet it cleared all the fod.

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