Hurricane Bill’s waves draw skim boarders to Jaycee Park

VERO BEACH — The waves smacking the beach at Jaycee Park in Vero Beach Saturday afternoon might not have been as big as some skim boarders would have liked, but that didn’t keep them out of the water.

James Molton, 19, and his friend, Matt Harsh, 27, both of Vero Beach, grabbed their boards and caught some 4- to 5-foot waves, courtesy of Hurricane Bill. “Today is the best day,” Molton said, 10 minutes before torrential rain poured from the skies.

Neither Molton nor Harsh showed concern regarding the warning from lifeguards and officials to stay out of the water due to the potential for strong rip currents.

“What are you going to do?” Harsh asked rhetorically.

“Have fun!” Molton shouted as he ran for a wave.

Harsh did admit to showing more caution earlier in the day when he had his young daughter at the beach.

“You’ve got to be careful,” he said. “You’ve got to watch for the kids.”

Molton said that while Hurricane Bill’s waves were pretty good, they were nothing compared to Tropical Storm Fay last year.

“That was crazy,” he said.

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