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Friday. October 1. 1971
Nature plays game
rides tie waves
The Daily Tar Heel
by Glenn Brank
Special t the DTI I
Adaptation to the environment is a source
modern man. but there still are times v. hen nature asserts her suprema.)
Hurricane Qr.s?er, a storm of considerable size and mod;
i,ne gentle reminder of this poer.
Wednesday morning, the hurricane was poised J'-.O miles off the N C. c-jasthne.
l.veri at this distance, the effect was awe-mspinr.g.
B j t f i sea and sky were boiling with the upheaval. Layers of gray clouds ra.ed across
the horizon, billowing blackness as the storm reared.
Below, the ocean churned in a muddied and contrasting g:a -green, spewing
driftwood and seaweed along the bleak shore.
The incoming tide was a convincing witness for the fury ahead. Breakers a full 15
teet high crashed down upon a fishing pier, sending misty foam yards into the a:r.
Some half-dozen onlookers stood on the pier. Those who dared to walk out 500
s.'ct to the end felt the wooden ramparts quiver with the impact of each wave.
Combined with gust-, of up to h() m.p.h.. the water and wind created a gentle sway,
a lulling sensation that seemed strangely tranquilizmg.
It filled the head, reverberated in the brain, made mouths and ears useless.
The wind was like another sea. It washed over the coast, subsided momentarily,
then rose up again in furious waves. It drowned everything except the thunder of
The wind was also Ginger's fist. Neon signs and gaudy billboards reeled from its
punch, then gave way and were crumpled by its grip.
There were no takers for this blatant challenge. Like hermit crabs, coastal residents
burrowed deep against the wind.
Outside, their persecutor moaned and laughed, playing its game of destruction with
possessions left behind.
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ATLANTIC BEACH - When, hundreds cf cousu; residents were seevm;
frm Hurricane Gmcer. a recent I "NC graduate tcvk to the surf for the large:
Atlantic Been was almost
deserted at sunset Wedr.esdav. Perhaps a deve-
res:c:en:s sre-pped near
to take a last look at the ragmg A:Sart:c
or.!auuht cf the storm. But Dav.d Sledge, from Morehead Citv. decided w .
Sledge, a 11 I'NC graduate m political science, paddled ins Mack ..-:
through a turrent of foam to await a "perfect wave."
"You reallv have to pick vou: wave carefullv.' Sledge said, "or o..' '
Although the waves tvpicalN ranged from eight to 10 feet or higher. r.: -too
fast to allow a good ride.
One reason for his difficulty m eettir.c eood rides, the 2 !! ear-old surter a d.
that waves w ere
breaking much faster than thev should for idea! surfing.
i increase m tides, the surf often reached the base of the seawal'..
The residents of Morehead City, which is adjacent to Atlantic Beach, are used to
hurricanes. Suvin Hall, age 14. tapes up the window of her father's magazine store to
protect it from the hurricane's fury. (Staff photo by Al Thomas)
Sledge's blonde wife watched. "It worries me to death." she admitted, but o r
complained to her husband.
Sledge's feat was not one to be tned bv the inexperienced. Besides high wav;
rough surf, an outflowing current created np tides - one of the worst hacr.S
sw immer can encounter.
Muscular and tanned. Sledge explained he was trving to ride within the curl . ' "
wave, but added he could only go about o0 vards because of sudden breaks.
"Bov . that's pretty." Sledge said, looking over his shoulder at the breaking u.. .
He said he wanted to return to the beach after the hurricane moved far titer :v::;
catch even bigger waves.
"Tomorrow will be cieat." he said.
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