Those two-storey high days are rare in Pohnpei and it's largely due to positioning. It's location in the central Western Pacific, midway between the Philippines and Hawaii, means Pohnpei opens to a slightly different swell window than Hawaii. It cops some of the north-west storm fetch that hits Hawaii but not all of it. And this is only accounting for the Palikir side of the island. There are fifteen reef passes around the island and each coast has its own season.
During big swells pro surfers will fly into Pohnpei Surf Club on three day strike missions. Yet in between swells P'Pass just keeps ticking over. In a way it's similar to Macaronis in the Mentawais: a uniform, sloping reef means the wave will break closer in on smaller swells but the shape remains consistent. Under six foot you wont get the ol' heave ho but rather an endless facsimile of reef perfection.
Ralph Dawe enjoying a version of user friendly P'Pass.