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Surf's Up on Long Island Sound

Windsurfers and daredevils descended upon Crab Meadow Beach in Northport Sunday to tackle wind and waves whipped up by Hurricane Sandy.

The wind howled off the Long Island Sound Sunday as blustery conditions turned the boaters' paradise into a playland for adventure seekers.

There were no yachts or sailboats visible, but an armada of windsurfers, kiteboarders and even paddleboarders took to the choppy waves, using Crab Meadow Beach in Northport as a launching point.

Hurricane Sandy may not make landfall in New York, but the effects of the Atlantic storm were already being felt along the Sound, from extreme high tides to rough seas. In other words, perfect conditions to catch some air.   

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Sheldon October 28, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Reports from other areas of surfers missing and one of two people who went out on a boat and still not found. First responders are in danger because of these stupid decisions. Please don't report on them as if they are fun. These are stupid decisions that put good people's lives in danger.
Elena BLuntzer October 29, 2012 at 04:32 AM
THAT's my famous cousin Alfonso! Have fun and be careful you thrill seeker!
Kathy Todd October 29, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Jason, stop publishing stories about stupid people who put others at risk. If one of these junkies could not make it back to shore, who is going to save them?
Sheldon October 29, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Someone's husband, wife, father, mother, son or daughter will risk their lives because Mr. Perez needs a thrill.
Peter October 29, 2012 at 04:22 PM
This was anything but dangerous!!!!! We sail in these conditions all the time. Today Monday now that's a different story.
frank October 29, 2012 at 07:38 PM
We are NOT thrill seekers. We windsurf and surf all year. We travel and train for large waves and windy conditions. We are in our 40’s 50’ & 60’s. We are not children. We are not in danger, and we do not put anyone in danger. The media may try to portray us this way. But it is an incorrect portrayal; yesterday was simply not that windy. We appreciate your misguided concern.
Craig Asher November 17, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Hi Sheldon, Thank you for your concern. I was one of the kite boarders that day. While there is always some risk with being out on the water, the conditions on that particular day were relatively tame. Winds were maybe 20-25 knots with gusts possibly reaching 30 knots. And, as you can see from the video there wasn't much in the way of waves either. Most of the windsurfers and kite boarders that I sail with think long and hard about the conditions and put safety above all else when it comes to deciding wether or not to go out. We are not at all reckless. After all we want to be able keep doing this sport that we love. The last thing we want is for someone to have to come rescue us. Frankly, it's embarrassing. Like Alfonso said, we only go out when some component of the wind is onshore. That way, If our equipment breaks, the wind will push us back to the beach. Also, there are many of us on the water and we all look out for each other. If need be, we can tow someone back to the beach. I hope this eases your mind a bit. I think I speak for the entire wind sports community when I say that the last thing we would ever want to do is to put the life of one of the courageous men and women in the Coast Guard or Marine Bureau or Fire Department at risk. Cheers, Craig

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