Our first time in Hawaii was in 2011. I was pregnant with our first child. It has since become our babymoon go to. We traveled with my sister and her husband and we had a blast.
We snorkeled at Hanauma Bay, walked the streets of Waikiki, witnessed the amazing performances at the Polynesian Culture Center, and more!
One of our favorite spots on the North Shore became Waimea Bay. All of us had been in the ocean before and felt how powerful waves could be, but for us, this day was different.
Ambulances visited a couple times just when we were there and multiple people had been hurt, including some major neck injuries.
Being naive Utahns, we decided we were just going to walk down the slope and in, without any problem. Well, the husbands go first, running out and making it past the shore break on their first try. Then Whitney and I stroll on down the slop, without a care in the world.
I am telling you, immediately when the water hit our legs, we were gone. It pushed us up the slope like rag dolls. We both had hair elastics in our hair and on our wrists… they were gone. My sisters bottoms were pulled to her ankles and both of us nearly came out of our tops. I rolled up on shore, landing like a beached whale in front of a row of teenaged boys.
“Are you okay?” they asked, as I laid there hoping by some miracle no one saw. lol
My sister was about ten feet down from me. We looked at each other wide-eyed, like, what the h just happened?
We got up, brushed ourselves off and waited for the next break to run out and join our men. Once in, it was amazing. The current pushed and pulled us back and forth like a giant wave pool.
We floated there for awhile, watching person after person get taken out by the waves as they attempted to get in. My husband being one of them. I watched as the water plunged over him, digging him deep into the sand. After the set broke he pulled himself up, looking —and I am not kidding —exactly like sand man. lol Every strand of hair on his head and face held grains of sand. His head, eyebrows, eyelashes, full beard and mustache were full. I wish I could have taken a picture.
I was laughing so hard.
My sister and husband were both out of the water grabbing something and about to come back in. We knew after being in there for awhile, and counting the sets, that there were two waves back to back that you had to wait out, to get in safely. If you got caught in those, you weren’t getting up till they’d both taken you out.
I watched as my sister started walking forward right as those two powerful waves started coming in.
Immediately she’s taken out. Her body rolls and tumbles up the beach. Somehow she lands on her back and the second wave hits, pushing her even further. Her arms are flailing in a windmill motion, her butt is being dragged backwards and her feet are straight up in the air. It was quite literally one of the best things I’d ever seen. lol
I knew she wasn’t hurt, or else I would not have been laughing. But the look on her face, when she was rag-doll-carried up the beach was something I will never forget. Needless to say, her top came down and she was very exposed. I look over to see a very wide-eyed Parker(my husband) look away quickly. But he definitely saw it all. lol
Sam (Whitney’s husband) and I were dying. I could hardly keep my head above water, I was laughing so hard. They both finally got in the water and she was fine, but the laughter continued that entire day when one of us would think about it.
A day or two later we were at another beach. This one was dangerous. We were trying to body surf and boogie board, but the current was strong and the weather was unpredictable. Long story short, I was pitch-slapped by Karma and rag-dolled up the beach. My top did not do it’s job and I flashed Sam.
So, after both my sister and I had been exposed to each other’s husbands, we decided to call it even.
Luckily, nothing like that has happened since. lol
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