This photo is from our first day at Sandy Beach, a local favorite spot to surf, just outside of Waikiki and awayfrom the tourists. Last night at dinner with the martial artists from the seminar one of the participants said "I heard it was really pounding at Sandy's." He was correct. Magnify the photo by clicking on it and you can clearly see a full grown enormous Hawaiian dude walking upright into the wave and beside him a surfer wiping out turned almost vertical in the wave. The face of the waves was easily 15 feet. I am not exaggerating. Measure the size of the wave with the size of that upright man. The beach actually shook while we sat on it.