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Volume 194 No. 16

Surf City

Prince Edward County a great place to hit the waves
<p>Alex Smith was one of more than a handful of surfers loving the high winds on Saturday. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)</p>
Alex Smith was one of more than a handful of surfers loving the high winds on Saturday. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

Wicked winds whistled across West Point and other Lake Ontario shorelines this weekend.

Perfect conditions for a few visiting surfers.

(Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

Alex Smith and Steve Fillion got a surf fix at Sandbanks on Saturday afternoon. The pair of Ottawa residents rode their boards in the Lake Ontario chop for two days. They took one last cutback in the whitecaps that were pounding the rocky shoreline near the former Lake Lodge site before heading home.

(Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

“People don’t realize there are a few places in Ontario to surf. Here and up in Toronto — but it’s nice when you don’t have to drive all the way there from Ottawa,” said Mr. Smith.

In addition to the traditional surfers, a kite surfer was speeding from West Point, along the Sandbanks beach and towards Wellington. In nearby Athol Bay, three more surfers were eating foam, trying their best to ride the swells to shore.

Alex Smith and Steve Fillion drag a large piece of drift wood onto shore. (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

The howling winds and sustained waves put the surfers to the test. An obstacle in the water turned out to be ancient looking piece of flotsam. It showed up in the shallows where the Sandbanks beach transitions to the rocks of West Point. Mr. Smith and Mr. Fillion did their best Beachcombers impression and dragged what looked like a hunk of a sunken ship or piece of pier to the shoreline.

(Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

“I had to jump over it once or twice,” Mr. Smith noted. “You don’t want to be hitting something that big and heavy when you’re out there in these waves.”

This text is from the Volume 194 No. 16 edition of The Picton Gazette
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