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Surfers Savor Earl's Gnarley Waves

Even if the Jersey shore escapes hurricane force winds, Labor Day beach-goers will have to contend with an intense undertoe that could overwhelm even the most experienced swimmers.

That threat is not enough to keep Garden State surfers, out of the ocean. Hurricane Earl is already churning up the north Atlantic, producing a bevy of top notch waves. At Belmar's Eastern Lines Surf Shop, managers expect the conditions to attract hundreds of surfers who have spent the whole summer chasing that perfect swell.

"This is like a magnet for them," said manager Mark Giresi.

Belmar Mayor Kenneth Pringle said the borough's lifeguards are on high alert, ready to order swimmers out of the ocean if riptides get too powerful.

Already, rip currents in Southern New Jersey prompted lifeguards to rescue a little boy and two adults from the choppy waters off Sea Isle City.

As of 4:30pm Wednesday, Hurricane Earl was a category 4 storm that was not predicted to make landfall in New Jersey or New York. Current computer models show the hurricane curving out into the North Atlantic and possibly buzzing the coastline of Eastern Long Island.

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