Surfers Barrel to Earl
Hurricane expected to produce 10-foot waves
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2010 1:38 AM CDT
Red flags warn swimmers from the water at Kure Beach, N.C., as waves increase from Hurricane Earl beyond the horizon.   (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)
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(Newser) – People heading away from North Carolina's Outer Banks as Hurricane Earl approaches are passing hardy surfers heading in the other direction. Earl is the biggest hurricane to threaten the East Coast since Hurricane Bob in 1991, and surfers up and down the coast are getting ready to take full advantage of the rare, dangerous world-class surfing conditions expected, the New York Times reports.

Earl is expected to cause waves up to 10 feet high along the Delaware and New Jersey shore when it churns by tomorrow. "We're going to have all sorts of crazy wind and rain and not a lot of fun down here," the founder of a local surfing school tells the News-Journal. "But then immediately after that, things are going to clean up and we're going to get a nice small window when things are going to come together just perfectly." He warns, however, that inexperienced surfers should stay away.

 

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