I’ve been told never to turn your back on the ocean. I live in Oregon and it seems like every couple of years I hear an unfortunate story of people getting washed out to sea by a sneaker wave. I never realized what these were. In my mind they were large 15-30 foot waves that come out of nowhere to sweep people out to see. Steve Raplee who runs a cafe on the Oregon Coast caught footage of a powerful sneaker wave and it looks completely from what I thought it would. But when you see the video you have no doubt of the force of this powerful wave.

That is one powerful wave. People underestimate the power of water. I’ve read that a single inch of fast moving water is enough to move a car. Definitely enjoy the sea but always keep one eye sea.