Freak Waves


call me big papa
There's something so primal about images of people surfing giant waves. It's the sublime itself - human frailty vs. the blind, awesome power of nature. Except this time - MAN WINS.


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In honor of Point Break remake this winter, and Bodhi sacrificing his life to the mother ocean:
vaya con dios, swayze.


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Mother Ocean accepts another sacrifice, El Faro
The storm itself was moving slowly at just 6 mph. That meant the same area of water was being hit over and over by the winds — the perfect conditions for building monster waves.

As Joaquin slowed and strengthened, the El Faro was in trouble. The crew reported on Oct. 1 that the ship — which had two auxiliary power generators — had lost power, was taking on water and was listing at 15 degrees.

That was the last contact made with the ship. At the time, the center of Joaquin was about 175 miles out and maximum sustained winds had hit 120 mph. Overnight, they were howling at 130 mph and moving ever nearer to the El Faro's last known position.


no mickey mouse ting
What I said upthread about the surfer vs man = essence of sublime

I sort of think it's actually MORE sublime when there ISN'T a man thumbing his nose at nature by hanging ten up its nose

Waves are beautiful and terrifying, like women


no mickey mouse ting
CORP$EY thrills to the UNSURFABLE wave

Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore,
So do our minutes hasten to their end;
Each changing place with that which goes before,
In sequent toil all forwards do contend.