I'm a member now, so I'll respond directly to your comment:
michaeldl wrote:I can load a bullet in a gun and its only dangerous when I point it at something
Well duh! But what has that got to do with surfing? :?
As for not understanding: I've been surfing for 22 years now and think I do know a little bit about waves and riding them; big or small.
As for stagnation: you want to give more people the chance to survive a big-wave wipe-out by giving them a tank of air? So more surfers can paddle out at more big breaks and surf these waves without worrying about getting a serious working over? I thought you hated crowds? Now you want to give any kook with a tank of air strapped to his back the chance to hassle you out of a big wave? Or worse still, get into a situation where his tank won't help him anyway?
The real big-wave surfers (not me by the way, it's out of my league & I know it) survive in those conditions because they are experienced, skilled, fit and strong enough to make it. They can hold their breath long enough and deserve to be there. Any old beach break local with a jetski and tank of compressed air does not!
As for the future, I already think surfing is going the wrong way with jetski's being used everywhere, not just in giant waves. When was the last time you saw pros paddling out all by themselves at a contest? Too many skis ruin the enviroment and make the pros job easier - which it shouldn't be.
Another new unneccessary piece of equipment in the water is the way to the death of fit surfers paddling themselves into waves because they worked hard to get in the right place in the first place. I suppose you think Laird should put a rocket on his next board and surf tsunami's? Yeah, that's the way forward for surfing....... :roll: