Red Flag Day at the Beach

bdahunter

TQ's Master Pirate
#1
This afternoon I decide to head down to Horseshoe Bay to see if I can find some loot on the spring tide, it's a beautiful day and the sun is shining with just a light breeze to keep a pirate kewl.:arghh: However, 350 km to the NE a major storm is blowing and it is sending heavy surf at Bermuda so when I get to the beach the red signs warning people to stay out of the water are posted. As I cross the parking area on my way to the beach I chat with the guy who runs the shuttle that takes tourists from the beach up to the top of the hill for $2/person - 2 beachgoers have already been rescued from the surf today and one took a trip in an ambulance to the hospital. Okay, I'm going to have to size this up carefully before I head into the Briny.:pmad: Down the path I go to the beach and it is Really Rough:peek:, the average wave is 5 feet high, the occasional rogue is more than 7 feet - I don't care how crazy you are, That's Rough Surf! The seaweed is piled in a line up near the garbage cans at the very back of the beach so the spring tide and the heavy surf have really done a number on the beach, the slope is very gradual so a lot of sand has been moved around in the past 24 hours. The only people in the water are a few guys on surf boards, a couple of crazy teenagers bodysurfing and one surf pirate, Me.:arghh: The lifeguards are gone for the season so it's every man for himself.
Two rip tides are running which is making things pretty hairy, so I avoid them and go in no deeper than my waist, any deeper and I have too much bouyancy so I can't hold my own against the rips and the surf which are playing with me like I am a punching bag. Retrieving targets is hit and miss, with about 50% of the targets disappearing with the current, I'm hoping they were pull tabs by the way they disappeared. After an hour I am plum tuckered out so I head back to the jeep with my gear and a little loot. I grab the camera out of the glove box and snap a few pics, unfortunately the surfer dudes baled just before I did so I wasn't able to capture some of the spectacular wipe outs I saw.:pbiggrin:
The big find of the hunt was a pair of ladies sunglasses by Kate Spade - retail is $150 and these look like they just came out of the store. (my Princess likes them so it is a good deal - just saved myself $150 from the pair she didn't go out and buy):bthumb: Otherwise it was a half dozen pull tabs, a quarter and a penny - no other targets.

Cheers,
 

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Buster

King of Spam
Staff member
#2
Eric, good score on the glasses..Be careful and watch your back out there..Chuck........:biggrin:
 

majakldragon

Well Known Member
Staff member
Administrator
#4
Your one wild and crazy surf pirate. Those waves look wicked. Congrats on the princesses new sun glasses.
 

Mikey

TQ's Underwater Pirate
#9
Ah yes... a man and the sea.... glad man made it back from the sea.
No lecture.. you know where the line is... walk it.. but beware if yah cross it.
Enjoy.... Mikey:bthumb:
 

bdahunter

TQ's Master Pirate
#10
Ah yes... a man and the sea.... glad man made it back from the sea.
No lecture.. you know where the line is... walk it.. but beware if yah cross it.
Enjoy.... Mikey:bthumb:
It's true mate, you have to know how far you can push it and then stick to that limit. Midway through the hunt a german tourist in her late 20's waded out past where I was hunting, right to the edge of the break zone, I could see the plume of a rip tide starting to form about 25 feet beyond her, she had no idea of the danger she was in. I waved her in and thankfully she did as I was asking; it helps that I wear a red jacket from my SAR days when I hunt. She got into knee deep water and I think I managed to convey the danger to her, my German pretty much comes from Hogan's Heroes:laugh: and her English wasn't too much better. (makes you wonder if they have Hogan's Heroes in Germany):pwink: Anyway, I convinced her to go back to the beach and I'm glad I did because the next thing I saw was her stark naked daughter who looked around 4 yrs. old get bowled over by a wave that swept her off the wet sand, thankfully her mother was on her way back in and grabbed the little girl before she got too tumbled.:shock: You really have to be on your toes when you hunt the rough stuff.:bthumb:
 
#13
Hi Eric, was down Horseshoe yesterday.
Don't no if you found the elderly Lady's yet, but i found out they are at the swimming hole at 06:30 till 07:00 from Mon to Fri.
All the best mate.
 
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