just wondering if anyone has surfed a TI at all yet, intentionally or unintentionally? i had the bright idea to surf mines yesterday when we had some fairly big looking waves breaking at our reef spot about 500m out. i had a newbie with me and it was her first time on a TI but she said she didn't mind trying it.
so we sailed out there and it seemed fairly relaxed when we got to the wave area so i just spun it around and waited. then this wave started to form so we peddled real quick to catch it and just as it got to us i realized it was about 7-8' tall and we were set perfectly. the wind really picked up as soon as we got in the middle of the wave and it really pushed us quickly (almost too quickly) towards the side, but just as i realized we weren't straight anymore the wave started going sideways too so we were good. we rode that wave for about 30 seconds and then it go too strong and it pushed the back end up about 4-5' at which point i got a little nervous since the nose of the TI was at the bottom of the wave (still above water though) and me sitting the rear were at the top of the wave, but just then the wave pushed through us entirely and went on. we got completely submerged but damn if it wasn't an awesome feeling....
just wondering how close of a call if any this was? i mean the hatches aren't 100% water proof and supprisingly there wasn't much water inside the kayak when i parked it but just wondering if a wave of that size puts bad stress on the TI or all the water crashing inside of it??
i sorta wanna go do it again the next time the waves are like that.
BTW there were 2 surfers out there at first but one seemed a little overwhelemed and left and other was pretty far away by the time we got to where he had been surfing.