Choppy Waters on Alabama Beaches Over the Weekend | Mobile County Alabama News
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WALA) – Red flags have been flying over Alabama beaches since last week – a single red flag on Sunday – warning of a risk of rough surf and dangerous rip currents. Beachgoers still flocked to the Gulf Coast – including Dauphin Island – where most played it safe.
In the West End of the island, it was all about “Sunday Funday”.
“It’s a strong wind … But it feels really good. It’s a beautiful day to be here – it’s not too hot … It’s nice,” said Ivory Claiborne of Grand Baie.
But where the water meets the white sand shore, this is no joke.
“The water quality is warm … But it’s a bit rough and strong because the tide is coming up – so it’s strong but you can feel the sub-floor pulling you back … Just as well “said one man.
On vacation from Georgia – Kris Bell and her family understand the risks.
“We are aware… Our kids come out here and we tell them they have to go two at a time – that way they can watch each other,” Bell said.
And while the conditions can be tough for some, it’s perfect for best friends Joel Griffith and Nathan Whitton – who wax their surfboards.
Ready to ride the waves – they’re back for day two and say Saturday was even more intense.
“You forget everything and you’re in the moment on the wave… that’s awesome,” said Whitton.
“Every time I hit a wave it makes me want to come back and try again… do even better. It’s really addicting and very competitive – trying to do better for yourself,” Griffith said. .
Steps away – on the sound side of the island – it’s a whole different story.
“We decided to go down after church today and that side is so much safer … It’s just not that hard, so if we have to go out we can calm down and not be afraid,” said a woman.
While everyone is ready for summer, residents remain cautiously optimistic with the start of hurricane season on June 1.
“I hope it’s a lot better because I’m not prepared for the stormy season like last year – definitely not. I hope it will be a lot better this year,” said Claiborne.
“Hope it’s going to be smooth… We were just talking about generators and relay switches, and transfer switches and things… Yeah, we’re going to be ready,” one woman said.
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