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Surfers see Irene as a wave of opportunity

September 1, 2011

Surfers came out in numbers the day before Hurricane Irene struck, enjoying the challenge of large and tempestuous waves.

NARRAGANSETT—The fog hung low, hugging the waves at Narragansett Town Beach as they grew larger by the hour. Hurricane Irene was on its way, but for the surfers and sea kayakers, this day was better than any to have some real fun.

"We're taking a break right now, but we are going to go back at the waves," said Ryan Fotit of Belchertown, Massachusetts. "We come here all the time, and got in the waves today at 12 p.m."

"When it gets big because of the hurricane, this is the time to come," said Ryan's father, Gerry. "The waves are exceptional."

Although many surfers dotted the surface of the tempestuous ocean water, some were taken aback by how strong the waves were with Irene still a day away.

For more coverage of Hurricane Irene and much more, grab the nearest copy of The Narragansett Times.

Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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