Surfers hit the Gulf Coast beaches for Labor Day

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – With many people from out of town already headed north Monday, the locals said it was the perfect opportunity to catch a few choice waves.

“Not many waves come through, but about a month and half’s gone by without even a little sneaker, long board wave or anything. It’s been like a lake and now finally there’s waves and everyone’s out here,” Harrison Butler, an Orange Beach surfer, said.

That’s a long time if your idea of a good afternoon is carving up the Gulf waters on a long board.

“It was the best yesterday. People, were running out here. We were out here around 6 o’clock in the morning and there were probably 20 people out here already. It was crazy,” Butler said.

Luckily for the surfers on Labor day, many people were heading home, leaving the beach to them.

“I spent my whole life doing it, so it’s pretty much all I know how to do at the beach,” Brianna Harvey, a surfer from Foley, said.

Surfers who spoke with Fox10 News said conditions are ideal to catch several good runs.

“It’s super clean. I mean, it can be choppy a little bit, but it’s super fun out there right now,” Tyler Flowers, another Orange Beach surfer, said.

And for the skim boarders, they said as the day wore on, it got even better.

“It gets better during the afternoon. About 6 o’clock it’ll be really good. It’ll get close together,” Cameron Sylvia said.

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