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Surfer safety for the off-season

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While others are staying indoors due to cooler temperatures, surfers were out catching the waves.

"When in doubt don't go out," Thomas Mullineaux Operations Chief Ocean City Beach Patrol.  

Words of caution for all off season surfers from Operations Chief Thomas Mullineaux. 

"If your inexperienced and your not used to the ocean, the best thing is to go home when the lifeguards go home," explains Mullineaux.

Friday, surfers from near and far populated the Jersey shores for what they call premier conditions.

"We looked at the forecast and the waves were supposed to be really good," says one avid surfer. "It was awesome, you don't get it more than once or twice where you don't have to wear a wet suit," he continues.

With the wave intervals at what surfers call its peak, Friday was a perfect day to hang ten.

"The seconds between waves, the intervals between waves, that's the biggest thing, explains another surfer," "Say 12 seconds it's a million times better than it is 8 seconds," he continues.

"The waves were really awesome, says the other surfer." 

To keep surfers safe, beach patrol officials have designated hours and beaches for surfers to enjoy, and when conditions in the water get too intense, they watch for inexperienced surfers, and make sure they stay out of the water.

"When you get strong winds and you got the undertone going and you have the rip currents they're all bad situations," explains Mullineaux.

But on Friday, surfers say mother nature presented a perfect situation to jump right in.

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