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Massive North Shore waves slam beach front properties

Billabong Surf House Billabong Surf House
Damage at the home next door to the Billabong Surf House (Image courtsy: Zak Noyle) Damage at the home next door to the Billabong Surf House (Image courtsy: Zak Noyle)
Water damage on the ground floor of the Billabong Surf House Water damage on the ground floor of the Billabong Surf House
Soaked bunk beds Soaked bunk beds
PUPUKEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The biggest swell of the season rolled in on Oahu's north shores on Wednesday, leaving behind some damage and a few scary memories for some beach front residents.

At about 1:30 p.m., the waves off Pupukea were breaking with 45 foot faces. Two of the those waves barreled up together creating a force so strong, it slammed into two properties, breaking down trees and busting into homes.

19 year old Pro Surfer, Cobie Gittner of Florida was watching those waves with other surfers from the upper deck of the famous Billabong Surf House. 

"As it hit the wall it blew up over eye level," Gittner said. "We pretty much turned and ran into the house, because we kind of expected it to keep going. It tore all our headge out and came in and blew into the house downstairs and got all the downstairs wet."

Unfortunately, that's where five of the surfers sleep. The water even damaged some of their camera equipment.

"The water came thru the windows and both the bottom bunks," Gittner said. "Essentially, the wave rolled right across them they're completely soaked and still very wet. Someone was right here watching a movie when it came through and he was just terrified and he ran upstairs."

Despite the severity of the damage, the Billabong Surf House didn't even get the worst of it. Their nextdoor neighbor did.

The residents sent pictures of their side yard to Hawaii News Now, showing hedges pushed back and the BBQ grill tipped over.

The surfers ran over to check on the neighbors after seeing wooden stairs float by.

The caretaker for the property next door said the homeowners are very private people and they are heartbroken over what happened because their home is up for sale. 

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