Local surfers disappointed by Arthur’s waves

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Surfers hoping to catch some big waves Friday were less than impressed by the effects Hurricane Arthur had off the coast.

Many had their Fourth of July plans washed out by the heavy rains and winds brought on by the offshore storm, but that didn’t stop surfers at Middletown’s Sachuest Beach from venturing into the water.

“The weather is not that good, but I thought the waves would be really nice today because of Arthur,” said 12-year-old Matt Richards.

Richards and other surfers said the waves were really choppy and lacked the strength they were hoping for.

Environmental officials are urging the public to exercise caution along the shoreline this weekend due to anticipated rip currents and high surf. Besides the risk to surfers and swimmers, the weather conditions can also pose a risk to onlookers standing on slippery rocks.

The waves may not have been ideal for surfing, but those that braved the condition still found ways to have fun.

“It’s always just fun to catch waves,” said Shane Mulhurn. “It’s always fun to wipe out.”

The Department of Environmental Management also advises that if you head to the beach this weekend – be sure to swim in a protected area where lifeguards are on duty, and always follow their instructions.

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