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The Inertia

Hurricanes, taken in totality, are generally bad. They can kill people. Cause untold amounts of damage and destruction. They’re proof of Mother Nature’s power, and we are weaklings in comparison. But they do have a silver lining every now and then: waves. Really good waves.

In September of 2022, Hurricane Ian became the the deadliest hurricane to strike the state of Florida since the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. It was also the third-costliest weather disaster on record, so, as I said, it was a bad thing. But in the Outer Banks, a place with great waves and teetering houses, the silver lining was on full display.

Brett Barley is an East Coast fella who knows when the waves are good. He’s seen it all over the years, and as Hurricane Ian brought its epic swell to Cape Hatteras, it was some of the best he’s seen. “The final day of a four-day run proved to be some of the most flawless waves I’ve seen at home in five years!” he wrote. “Moments like this are rare, and it was such a special day with friends and my son.”


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