As the massive wave unleashes its fury, the onlookers instinctively duck their heads, even those stood safely on the boardwalk. However, the pier takes the brunt of the wave's force, and while it was erected well over a hundred years ago, it's still standing strong.
Apart from providing ships with a place for docking, piers are great places for taking a stroll. Whether built of stone or propped up by pillars or piles, come rain, hail or snow, these structures stand their ground. Here are 15 photos of steadfast piers and breakwaters getting pummeled by the ocean but not succumbing to Nature's might.