The officials along the Oregon Coast have issued a warning today; “watch out for sneaker waves.” Apparently there is a storm off the coast that is perfectly positioned to send extra-powerful waves shooting up onto our beaches, and the warning is in effect through today.
I’m a logical guy, but I admit that warnings like this feel like they only apply to other people and not me. That’s just arrogance, and I know it, but it’s true.
I can come up with a million justifications why this is true. I’m a big guy; a wave needs to be extra powerful to get me to budge. I’m sharp; I am aware of my surroundings, and a wave couldn’t ever catch me off guard. I’m a strong swimmer; even if a wave pulled me in, I’d swim my way out (it’s only water after all). I’ve got big lungs; even if a wave somehow pulled me under, I could hold my breath long enough to make my way up.
See? That’s all hubris. That’s just me acting like a teenager and still thinking I’m invincible. (On the beach, that is… I have no illusions of toughness anywhere else. I won’t even try to climb over fences any more because I’m positive I’ll hurt myself.) But in the water, I don’t think anything can hurt me.
BUT… I’m also logical. I know this is silly and dangerous thinking. I can’t beat Mother Nature. Nobody can. Everybody needs to take precautions and listen to experts.
In short… watch out for sneaker waves, even if you don’t think you need to.
~Jake from 98.7 The Bull