Surfer's Paradise

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Hurricane Dennis is creating a surfers' paradise in the Florida Panhandle.

JC Smith says he called friends, family and fellow surfers to tell them "surf's up" and it's getting better by the minute.

With Dennis churning in the Gulf of Mexico, surfers up and down the Florida coast are taking to their boards to catch some of the most radical waves of the year. This was their hurricane party.

Yesterday's waves were unusually large -- five to seven feet. Witnesses saw arms flailing, feet flying and boards flipping. In surfing lingo, there was plenty of launching, dumping and pasting.

There is inherent danger in surfing during hurricane conditions. Some surfers are too unskilled for the waves and the bigger surf usually causes rip currents.


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