Isaias creates nice weather for wind sports
Many along the Gulf Coast enjoyed the winds and bigger-than-usual waves on Saturday thanks to Isaias inching closer over in the Atlantic Ocean. It was especially eventful for those who enjoy wind sports.
Robert Henderson of North Fort Myers has been windsurfing for 40 years but says usually summer is a slow period for him and other windsurfers and kitesurfers.
“Basically the wind dies away and the only opportunities we really have to sail are on passing tropical systems,” Henderson said.
Because of Isaias brewing, Henderson and other wind sports enthusiasts were able to get out and do what they love during this normally quiet time of year.
“It’s definitely more ideal because in Florida we have a lot of light wind until wintertime,” said Korey Barkley of Lehigh Acres.
“Definitely the storm going by is definitely kicking up some wind over here for us to have fun on the water and play around a little bit,” added Kenny Davis of Fort Myers.
They were putting on a show for everyone to see, and the onlookers appreciated it.
“I really wish I could go out here and do it myself,” said Enakai Mpire, one of the spectators.
Davis says he’s always tracking storms that might give him an opportunity to windsurf.
“We look for tropical storms all the time. We even drive to the other coast if the conditions look good over there, ” Davis said.
While the winds were up and down, he and other windsurfers say they’re looking out for even better wind gusts tomorrow. “We’re really psyched about tomorrow,” said Davis.
There are even more wind gusts in the forecast for Sunday and surfers are excited to see if that will make the conditions even better for wind sports.