Neil Lumsden was out surfing when out of nowhere the recent earthquake struck the deep sea off of Samoa.
We had no warning, being out in the water outside of the reef pass we didn’t feel the earthquake happen, and everyone was caught completely off guard. All of a sudden, while sitting at the usual takeoff spot on the reef, I looked behind me to see the reef going dry all of the way to the shore until the shelf was sticking up about 15 feet out of the water. The normal channel turned into a puddle and my boat was nearly dry-docked sitting in a tiny pool of water. I knew instantly what the situation was, that this was extremely serious, and I began paddling as fast as I possibly could to get to the boat and the groms.
Transworld Surf has the rest of this amazing story. Hat tip to ole Peter E and the Surf Rider Foundation.
Animation of the shock wave sent out from the earthquake, courtesy of NOAA:
Tour of the Damage: