VIDEO: Huge Wave Crashes Through Restaurant in Santa Barbara, CA on Saturday

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The biggest waves to hit Southern California since 1983 rolled through this weekend.

Folks having breakfast at Moby Dick Restaurant in Santa Barbara, California got a bit of a surprise last Saturday when a huge wave reared up and burst through the restaurant’s windows.

“Some of my customers got wet. Thank goodness no one got hurt or cut by the glass.”

“I’ve been here for 10 years and not once this has happened.  We’ve had big waves before, but nothing like this.” – Gary Mora, Moby Dick manager told the LA Times

Can you imagine having lunch in a nice restaurant and having a rouge wave hammer through the window in into your clam chowder?

Los Angeles, CA on Saturday.  photo:  Surfer Mag/Jacobsen
Los Angeles, CA on Saturday. photo: Surfer Mag/Jacobsen

Eyewitness Account:

“My breakfast at Moby Dick’s Restaurant while filming the large storm surf breaking on the pier in Santa Barbara, California. The swell increased with every wave that passed. I recall telling people at the table in front of me, the pier will likely be closed soon due to the high surf. One minute later. I see a set of waves approaching and pickup my smart phone to film. The video shows the wave breaking through the restaurant window. The dining room was filled with the sound of glass shattering and people screaming as a wave of water rush over the dining room carpet. Everyone froze including the staff. So, I rushed over to make sure there was not any major injuries. I proceeded to warn everyone of the danger that could follow with the next wave and to evacuate the room. We got the room evacuated without the anymore injuries.” – Forrest Buchanan

Santa Barbara arguably has the best wave for surfing in California called Rincon.  Rincon must be going off right now.  Oh yeah, it is… 

Rincon, CA in Feb. 2014, going off…

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