Leslie delivers sweet surf to south shore


SOUTH COAST — Surfers flocked to Little Compton's South Shore Beach, Horseneck Beach and other local hot spots last week to take advantage of big waves delivered by Tropical Storm Leslie.

Though on the far side of Bermuda, Leslie still had the power to deliver days worth of the best surfing waves seen here in a long time.  Monday, the parking lot was nearly full of cars with license plates from all over New England and beyond for waves estimated at ranging from four to seven feet and occasionally bigger. Monday's winds were from the north leaving the breaking swells clean of chop and giving surfers smooth rides.

Though not huge, the waves still got good reviews from surfers who called them well worth the drive. Some said the waves were every bit was good Saturday and Sunday.

Surfers were still out into mid-week (some of the waves may even have come from even more distant former Hurricane Michael) but the waves had diminished a bit.















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