After watching the Peahi's/Jaw's Challenge I gringed as I watched and held my breath for seconds as both men and women went over the falls, Maytagged and came up alive. I was maybe 14 years old when I paddled out from Cowell's to the second reef at Steamer's Lane. This was like 1964. It was one helluva an experience. I had a 9' 8" pop out. I sat out there with Chubby Mitchell, Kit Horn and maybe Bob Pearson. Chubby looked at me and told me to paddle in now! I did, but not until I paddled into what was probably a 10-15' wave. The water running up the face was pushing me back up the wave and when it released I did a free fall trying to stay on the board. I went down hard and the board (sans leash) found it's demise against the cliff. I was Maytagged and I truly believe God loves fools and idiots! Chubby saw it all come down. He paddled my ass in to Cowell's and man did I catch hell! When I got home, the pineapple/coconut telegraph had reached my dad/house. It took me a year to earn enough money to buy a Duke Kahanomoku popout at the Hillsdale Sears and Roebuck to try it again! So what's your biggest wave? I've come to a senior moment that anything over my head is now a medicare moment!