Originally Posted by Simon Hawkins
When going down the wave ease the power off but not too for the wave to come over the back of the boat and possibly make you broach, then at the bottom of the wave put the power on too lift the bow and ride up the back of the nest wave. By doing this you will not drive into the back of the wave and stuff the bow.
No this is wrong. Assuming a sensible combination of outboard power and rib then the power should be applied going down the face of the wave. this is essential to keep the bows up or she surely will stuff into the back of the next wave. The power should be backed off going up the back of the next wave so the bow doesn't fly off the top, but gently cruises over the top.
In practicse this will mean just gently dipping the throttle as you go over the top of the wave and then back on with the power to keep the bow up as you run down the face of the wave.
You won't get all the waves right and occasionally you go over the top to find a big hole but keep the power on. This is hard work and should not be understimated how tiring it can be so do change drivers if its an option.
The reason breaking waves are dangerous are they contain lots of air not water so won't support a boat! or allow the prop to drive properly and you end up at the mercy of the wave and risk being over taken or broached, something quite dangerous.