I heard the warnings on the radio of a coming “tidal wave,” and estimated the time of arrival, and what did my friends and I do? We all went to the beach to watch it of course! Nothing happened on the beach, since the waves were at most about 2 feet high, but they did surge into the local harbors like fast tides and tore up some docks and boats.
The idea of tidal waves completely captured my imagination. They were probably the first type of "surf" that I tried to draw. The idea of tidal waves and earthquakes together was even more appealing, so I drew the Golden Gate Bridge being destroyed by a combined hit! I loved bridges at the time, too, and was fascinated by how a suspension bridge might look as it was being ripped apart of unbearable forces. I was 13 when I drew this, so maybe it was also reflective of raging hormones...
Tidal Wave Wrecking The Golden Gate Bridge
1962, pencil, 8" x 11"