Surf championship on Folly Beach gets boost from Mother Nature

FOLLY BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Surfers competing in Governor's Cup of Surfing say Hurricane Danielle is churning up some desirable waves along the South Carolina shore.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported that more than 200 surfers have participated in the weekend event that wraps up Sunday at the state's top surfing area - the Washout at Folly Beach.

Surfers told the newspaper that waves were bigger than usual, but shifting winds made it difficult to stay in position for judging.

Also, rip currents associated with the hurricane centered well east of Bermuda made the ocean a dangerous place for observers. Governor's Cup co-director Nancy Hussey said two surfers stopped competing to pull children out of the water after they had gotten caught in a rip current.

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