Despite a rainy start to summer it has finished up quite nicely here in Southern Maine.  Last weekend my friend Mark and his family joined mine and we headed off to Kennebunk Beach.

Hurricane Bill had caused the biggest waves we’ve seen this season and I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to get out there and see if I could ice some of the awesome swells rolling into Kennebunk Beach.

After about 40 minutes of trying to paddle past the break with my long board (a triple finned thruster) I realized I should have brought  a shorter stick.  I kept getting wrecked and eventually took a break to walk a quarter of a mile back up the beach.  The current had pulled me all the way to the getty.  Here is a 60 second video that summarizes the day:

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Eventually after using the turtle technique, I was able to get out past the break and wait for a set to roll in.  I was exhausted.

As you can tell from the video I took, I was feeling pretty confident pulling up to the beach.  Once I got out there, my attitude had changed. The waves were so big that for the first time in years I was nervous.

Surfers kept dropping in on each other and after attempting to ride in a party wave and getting pumbled, I started having second thoughts.  My next attempt ended with getting picked up by the tube and munched to the point that when I was under water I didn’t know which was is up.  That was enough.  I rode a breaker back to shore and thanked mother nature for not teaching me an even harder lesson.

So now I’m back and working on some more serious blog topics.  Is anyone interested in getting MAC addresses with NetFlow v9?

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Michael is one of the Co-founders and the former product manager for Scrutinizer. He enjoys many outdoor winter sports and often takes videos when he is snowmobiling, ice fishing or sledding with his kids. Cold weather and lots of snow make the best winters as far as he is concerned. Prior to starting Somix and Plixer, Mike worked in technical support at Cabletron Systems, acquired his Novell CNE and then moved to the training department for a few years. While in training he finished his Masters in Computer Information Systems from Southern New Hampshire University and then left technical training to pursue a new skill set in Professional Services. In 1998 he left the 'Tron' to start Somix which later became Plixer.


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