Surf's up at Eiši. September 19, 1990

670m long, this is the longest wavebreaker in the country. At 7.2m, it is almost as tall as the highest one, the 8m Tórshavn II. The 100 year wave estimate is less than 4m.

Some see this picture as proof that the wavebreaker is too small. I see proof that the harbour is built in the wrong place. When small wooden rowboats were used, Eiši was an excellent harbour; if conditions were bad on the south side of the isthmus, you could carry the boat over to northern side. Can't do that with a steel ship. Just a mile down the sound, the seas are much calmer, so why fly in Mother Nature's face?

Republished at Flickr.

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