The hike out backs up against a several hundred foot sheer cliff face, with the ocean waves crashing against giant shore rocks and the cliffs. Even with my chest high waders on, the water would surge up to waist high at times. I was making good progress waiting for the waves to reseed, then running to the next rock face I could climb to wait out the next round of waves. In one such scenario, as I was making my way across an open stretch, I saw a huge wave coming in. PANIC! No time to make it back or forward, so I quickly ran behind a giant rock a few feet back, thinking it would provide sufficient shelter and stability.
Unfortunately the wave had different plans. A giant wall of water came crashing down on me straight over the rock, then exploded off the wall to the other side and back on me again. Soaked head to toe, with about a food of standing water inside my waders, I continued on, literally rock climbing across some of the big boulders to avoid the bad spots. At parts squeezing through holes too small to fit my pack through, with water exploding everywhere.
After spending entirely too much effort, I finally arrived at the spot to find the comp still under water. I then proceeded to spend 2 hours battling high winds, off and on rain and generally miserable conditions waiting. On top of that I had sand and salt water on all my camera gear and filters, and constantly struggling to keep gear dry from surging waves and rain. Overall a pretty unpleasant experience, but I was glad to at least get one shot from my efforts.
PS: This post was intended to voice my interesting experience and is not intended to be a story of grandeur. It was not a safe experience and not one that I wish to re-live to be honest. I strongly encourage folks to consider the tides and be safe when visiting locations like this.