A reminder. Here is a sketch from about 10 years ago at Ona Beach south of Newport. It shows two members of my family as a wave suddenly washes up around them, chest high, over the heads of the 7 and 4 year old they barely grabbed hold of.
They had not been standing in the water, just near it. They were not sucked out to sea, not this time. But it was close, very, very close.
On a recent visit to the Coast, some visitors from Southern California repeatedly scoffed at our admonition to never turn their backs to the ocean and, especially when climbing on wave-struck rocks, to stay much closer to shore. They were insulted by our insistence.
They survived. This time.