2004-06-04 / Sports

Henrick’s Surf Update: Lifeguards Return

By Henrick Karoliszyn

Henrick’s Surf Update: Lifeguards Return

By Henrick Karoliszyn

Lifeguards were back on the beaches of Rockaway this week, but did not face the Memorial Day crowds that usually make the official return to the sand hectic. Due to the overcast skies that eventually brought afternoon showers on Monday, lifeguards had to wear their rain gear as they struggled to stay warm, while letting the day go by. 

According to Long Beach lifeguard, Patrick Williams it was strange not seeing the tremendous amount of people, as the frigid air made it much chillier than recent years. "Memorial Day was so cold this year," Williams said. "I have never seen it like that and I have been here for four years."

The waves were also dismal and not good to ride, making for a mostly vacant beach, aside from the lifeguards, which is atypical for the usual Memorial Day turnout. Although the waves held up on Saturday and Sunday (mostly for longboarding), it was unexpected to see the waves leave for the big day on Monday. "I thought the waves were going to be the best [on Memorial Day] so I came to the beach, then left right away" said 22-year-old surfer Ryan Mills.

The rest of the week recovered well however, as Monday through Wednesday had solid surf, for both longboarders and shortboarders. The sun was not out everyday, but the waves remained and the momentum should carry into the weekend, as the lifeguards are bound to face the multitude of people they missed on Monday. 

"This weekend should bring everyone back," said Lifeguard Kelly Johnson. "I am sure of it."

As for the surfing, the forecast shows there is a storm expected to form off the Carolina coastline. That should bring solid swells on Saturday and Sunday from the early morning and on. Friday will be flat, but Monday and Tuesday, riders should head out early before the tide changes to catch some fun rides. The water temperature is still averaging around 58 degrees, so wetsuits will probably be necessary. 

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