HONOLULU (KHNL)- A southeast swell sends surfers and sea lovers to Oahu's southern shores. But for others, the turbulent waves puts a twist on plans to get into the water.
With 35-water rescues in Waikiki on Monday, some consider the swell the the biggest of the season.
"There's some double overhead. 10 feet to 12 feet faces," said surfer Tom Spheeris.
"It's underneath the water where you feel it, then you duck/dive through the waves," said surfer Joe Utzurrum.
"It was pretty sick today, pretty good size," said Surfer Will Lee.
It's the time of the year when only three things matter.
"Sleep, work surf," said Spheeris.
This swell is for the strong.
"Wave knowledge is really one of the biggest things you have to contend with," said Utzurrum.
"For the beginning surfer I wouldn't put them out here, it's a little bit too gnarly," said Spheeris.
Surfer Joshua Kamai says battling the waves Saturday was a "shaka", he now prefers to stay on the sidelines.
"The channel was pretty chronic for me, I learned my lesson, no can handle, no can go out," said Kamai.
"Surfing would not be my cup of tea. I'm chicken," said Honolulu resident Anne Hayes.
Forget the surf, Anne Hayes is strictly a spectator.
"I get my enjoyment out of watching instead of doing," said Hayes.
With almost 600 preventative actions Monday alone, these tides are trouble. Still, with Diamondhead in the distance, wolfpacks of seasoned surfers are ready to prey on the next big wave.