Surfers ready to catch big waves from Hurricane Irene

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - Catching the ultimate wave is the goal for dozens of surfers that flocked to Folly Beach this week. Surfers are trying to get a peek into what Hurricane Irene could bring Thursday through the weekend.

"They just have a little more punch to them," said surfer Randall Cox. "Kinda let you know something's on its way."

In less than 48 hours, Cox thinks the waves on Folly Beach will be twice the size they are now.

"Well you can tell there's different personality with these waves," he said. "The way they're heaving up a little higher, the backs of them are a little longer than the average wave."

Cox isn't alone. Dozens of surfers bobbed up and down Folly to catch the big wave, but until Hurricane Irene gets closer, Michael Sweeney says this is just practice.

"It's gonna get bigger than that," Sweeney said. "Way bigger than that."

Sweeney says he has heard the waves may get up to double over head, which is where he draws the line.

"It's pretty exciting," Sweeney said. "I don't know if I can surf a 20-foot wave. That's a little too big for me, but some people might but crazy enough to do it."

What is crazy is the wave projection on The website says at 5 p.m. Thursday, things are going to get big. Waves up to 5 feet are expected Thursday and Friday waves could climb to 7 feet or more, a height that Cox says is pushing it.

"I know my limit," Cox said. "I'm not the youngest surfer anymore."

And it's those young surfers like Vincent Spahr that are deciding to ride Irene all the way in. Spahr says he's not leaving.

"Til the army kicks me out," Spahr said.

We'll continue to monitor ocean conditions as Hurricane Irene makes its way toward the U.S. coast.

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