And you thought it was always easy boating in California. We used to have a sailboat in Morro Bay and saw those kind of conditions often. Thankfully, usually from inside the harbor, but did get caught out once and witnessed a large whale watching boat punch through a wave causing him to get completely airborne and loose several passengers into the water. The boat survived and thankfully there were lots of injuries but no deaths. We were outside the harbor counting sets and trying to get in when we saw the other boat coming out and get hit by a huge wave. It was one of the most awesome sites we have experienced on the water.
There are lots of pictures of boats exiting the harbor, including a famous one of a boat belonging to George C. Scott, but they are all taken from inside the harbor or land so you see the front of the wave. It's very different seeing it from the back side.
Its been a few years since we moved, but other than our Navy Seals training in Hurricanes we never saw any RIBs. I want to have another shot at with the Ribcraft.