Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Early Birds Catch the Surf | Bad Weather Is Good News for Gulf Surfers

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Early Birds Catch the Surf | Bad Weather Is Good News for Gulf Surfers

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HEAVY WINDS -- AND WAVES

ANNA MARIA ISLAND -- In the topsy-turvy world of Gulf Coast surfing, bad storms mean good news.

While everyone else worries about high winds and coastal flooding, surfers look forward to barrel waves and long rides.

Dozens of wave-starved surfers hit the beach Monday morning for 4- foot surf propelled by Tropical Storm Colin.

"It wasn't the best of all time," said Carl Dunn, a 23-year-old surfer from St. Petersburg. "But for not having surfed in a year, this was as good as it gets."

Gulf Coast surfers have been watching the weather for the first storm and first swells of summer. Anticipation built as they tried to plan weekday surf trips.

"The wind is prime," said Brett Burge, 27, of St. Petersburg. "The wind is prime early."

On Monday morning, there were dozens of surfers at the Venice jetties and dozens more off White Avenue on Anna Maria Island. …

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