Surf’s up, dude: Man braves storm to catch waves during Debby - FOX 13 News

Surf’s up, dude: Man braves storm to catch waves during Debby

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SUNSET BEACH (FOX 13) -

For the most part, the aftermath of Tropical Storm Debby can be summed up in one word: Mess.

But for one man along Sunset Beach on Treasure Island, it was an entirely different word: Opportunity.

Call him adventurous (or downright crazy), but a man who identified himself as Brent was out surfing Tuesday morning in the conditions. Using a wooden surfboard, he battled the crashing waves, winds and strong currents for what he called a good challenge.

"We have a very small period in Florida where you have surf, and you have to grab it when you got it," he said. "Even though we got really inclement weather conditions, that's probably a good word for it, I feel like I have to really go for it."

The concern of being sucked under strong currents didn't seem like a concern for Brent, either.

"That's super possible," he said. "I mean, you've got a current blowing in the wind. You've got gale force winds coming in. I mean, as far as debris goes, you can see over there there's no beach. The entire beach is the debris floating around right now."

Brent, who is from California, said he's a local water sports instructor and does stuff like that all the time, so in no way was he encouraging others to come try the same feat.

"I don't encourage hurricane surfing, but at the same time, you can get your jollies," he said.

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