A big part of the allure and thrill of the sea is its capacity to form up into massive walls of water that reduce humans to awestruck little players on a stage of overwhelming scale.
Just watch this mesmerizing homage to a mega-day at Teahupoo (via), and see if you can avoid both cringing and feeling a sense of wonder that these surfers even dare to ride:
And then move onto this scene of humans facing a big sea in an entirely different context (via). Instead of whimpering, they are giddy with the excitement of it. That says it all.