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 âSunday Fundayâ.
“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.
âWe are awareâ¦ Our kids come out here and we tell them they have to go two at a time – that way they can watch each other,â 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.
âYou forget everything and you’re in the moment on the waveâ¦ that’s awesome,â said Whitton.
âEvery time I hit a wave it makes me want to come back and try againâ¦ do even better. It’s really addicting and very competitive – trying to do better for yourself,â 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.
âI 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,â said Claiborne.
âHope it’s going to be smoothâ¦ We were just talking about generators and relay switches, and transfer switches and thingsâ¦ Yeah, we’re going to be ready,â one woman said.
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