Jenni Remillard caught on video an oncoming wave at Nye Beach that looked like a typical low-profile shore-break wave. Jennie’s video reminds us all that you can’t judge a wave by how high it is – even close to shore. The power of these waves to knock people over and sweep them out to sea happens all too often.
As waves finally get close to the shore, they tend to bunch up – fast waves colliding with waves that have been slowed down by the rising shoreline. The result is a combination of waves bringing their momentum and surge up onto the beach with brutal power. And when they’re done, they retreat with the same force dragging logs, shore debris and even people with their dogs back out with them.
If the sand is flat and soaked it’s a dead give-away that sneaker waves could be on the menu.