3 – You can't "duck dive" through the wave, either. Did you think you could let the wave wash over you? Not likely. Normally, when surfers want to get out of the way of a breaking wave, they plunge underneath it and let the wave, and the brunt of the wave's motion, wash over them. In the case of a tsunami, that's not possible because the entire water column, from the seafloor to the surface, is in motion. Worse still, the trough - or valley behind the wave - will be hundreds of miles behind the wave, and all that water is moving toward you. Bottom line: Once you're in front of the breaking wave, there's really no way to get around it ... which sends you back to reason No. 2. Not fun.
You can read the whole article here: Why you can't surf a tsunami.
For the few surfers in California caught in the 2- to 3-foot wave that struck Santa Cruz County today, luck be with you - always.
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