2004-07-09 / Sports

Henrick’s Surf Update: Holiday Weekend of Surf

By Henrick Karoliszyn
Surfing Columnist

By Henrick Karoliszyn
Surfing Columnist

As the 4th of July festivities commenced on Sunday, the waves at 90th added to the celebration, as the ocean welcomed surfers throughout the holiday, which eventually moved into the best surfing of the three-day weekend on Monday. With over 50 surfers in the water on the day, Monday turned out strong, with waves in abundance at around 4-5 feet; better early on, but substantial throughout the day. 

Although the rain came, which sent most of the surfers home at around three o’clock, the sun came back in about an hour and surfers started to re-emerge. While some waited it out under a blue tarp, others went home and came back once the rain subsided, like Scott Tineo, a 25-year-old surfer from Howard Beach. "It was great," said Tineo, "It was the biggest I have seen here all year and it was worth coming back for." 

The weekend was one of the best Rockaway has witnessed this season, as 33-year-old surfer Rick Thomas, said, "I’ m glad the waves were good during the holiday. You have to enjoy these days while they are here."

The surfers seemed to be fortunate this past weekend, as the upcoming forecast shows no trace of the holiday surf and will mostly be flat during the weekend, as well as for the majority of the days to follow. The waves will only begin to come back after Wednesday, as Thomas said, "You have to take them [the surfing days] as they come."

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