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Choot em Tiger
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Agreed. Riptides and currents in general are scary. Gotta pay attention.





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MikeD
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I was down in Pensacola last year during Labor Day weekend during a tropical storm. We swam some during the last day and it was heavy. I am a very experienced swimmer / body surfer and it was big for me.

We were in the water when coast guard helicopters flew over. Turns our two teenagers got swept out down the beach and drowned. Very sad.






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Govt Tide
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Yes drownings happen all the time but it's still weird to have one happen while you're walking by on the beach. It's even more depressing when there's absolutely no sign of the guy. I guess it stuck with me thinking of the fact that this guy left a friend/girlfriend/family member there knowing the guy is dead and they may never even be able to recover his body for a proper burial.

Today may have been the roughest surf I've seen in OB since Hurricane Ike passed by a couple of summers ago. The waves and surf was much worse when Ike passed by. It was so rough during Ike's passage that no one dared get in the water.






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St Augustine
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Today may have been the roughest surf I've seen in OB since Hurricane Ike passed by a couple of summers ago. The waves and surf was much worse when Ike passed by. It was so rough during Ike's passage that no one dared get in the water.


no doubt there is a difference between today's good surf and what we refer to as "victory at sea" conditions. The waves today were moderately clean for the gulf/having a tropical storm right off the coast. In the atlantic we have storms generally further out that produce nice ground swell that travels over open ocean for awhile and produces waves with cleaner faces.

this=good


victory at sea=shit/dangerous



like trying to paddle in a washing machine. Obviously the closer the storm is to shore/the stronger the storm, the messier it gets. With the gulf, you generally have a very small window between the swell first getting to the beach and the conditions then going to shite. I remember in 08 I drove to Panama for Gustav (I think) and people were literally just sitting on the beach waiting for the swell to arrive. It was like flipping a switch...went from 6 inch waves to 5-6 feet in about 15 mins. That's the gulf for you.



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G Vice
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Big difference in those 2 pics, bro. I understand where you are coming from, very well.





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cachemoney
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I just left OB yesterday and the riptide has been pretty serious. I would go to the first drop off to catch the waves to boogie board in and the tug was pretty extreme. Within 10 minutes I would be over 100 yards downshore from my starting position.

I was not, however, about to body surf considering the waves were bottoming out the water to the point where you would just be slammed head first into 6" water. Also my family said during their morning walk, the water was ALL THE WAY TO THE DUNES and the beach was cleared of anything that was left out. Pretty fricking crazy, I wouldn't believe anyone else if they told me that.






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ByteMe
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By the way, it's the Gulf, not the freaking ocean.


What point are you trying to make?






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lsumailman61
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This is my second summer living in Gulf Shores area and this was by far the roughest I've seen it. Insanely choppy and huge swells as far as I could see. Red flags and a few red double flags have been flying all month. Tide was all the way up to the sea oats at noon today. But it looks like we will keep the western eye wall which won't be so bad weather wise, just lots of wind and bad surf.





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couv1217
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Was at Turquoise place when this all went down...pretty crazy seen. Was also at the Pensacola Beach drowning 2 weekends ago...another scary situation.

On a brighter note, the water did calm down later in the night.






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CaptSpaulding
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IMO, if there's a double red flag and you decide to go in, you should be on your own if you get in trouble. No reason for someone else to risk their life to save your badass self because you wanted to do "something you enjoy."





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lsumailman61
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I grew up with a camp on the Gulf in South La and have lived all my life on the water and I didn't have to think twice about not going in that water today. Mother Nature looked pissed off this morning!





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Dpizz450
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Only read the first page of this thread, about to read the rest, but from what was told by someone on the beach, a 30 year old man went to save his 5 year old, saved him and got sucked out. The Maintenence guy said another story. He basically said the 30 year oldish man drowned, that was it. Scarce on details. I know the chopper was out flying until dark. I havent heard anything. Sad story when you're actually here.





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TheIndulger
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I would find it hard to believe that he died but the 5 year old lived.





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Dpizz450
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I would find it hard to believe that he died but the 5 year old lived.


Yep, I said the same thing. I don't really believe that story. Hopefully tomm. I'll find out what really happened.






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St Augustine
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IMO, if there's a double red flag and you decide to go in, you should be on your own if you get in trouble. No reason for someone else to risk their life to save your badass self because you wanted to do "something you enjoy."



agreed...leave us the hell alone with the stupid fines as well

Like I said...big difference between someone who knows what they are doing and a bunch of kooks who think surfing in a hurricane would be fun. And who in the hell lets their 5 year old go anywhere near the water if true.






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Locals Only






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St Augustine
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FWIW, it was a swimmer that has apparently drowned and it doesn't seem like the child was 5 years old.
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SippyCup
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Current pulled us a bit and we got stuck trying to swim back and weren't moving. My girlfriend had trouble and i did my best to try to help. We got back but it was pretty goddamn scary. All it takes is 20-30 minutes of fighting big waves for you to tire out and drown.


Not if you know how to get out. You should never feel like you are fighting to get back. If you are, you are still in the current.




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