Surfing the hurricane season demands special attentions

August 18, 2009 | Surfing

Hurricane Isabel

High waves, strong winds and heavy rain. The hurricane season is here and surfers, kiteboarders, windsurfers and bodyboarders are on red alert.

Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific are the main regions affected by the power of tropical cyclones.

According to NOAA, the terms "hurricane" and "typhoon" are regionally specific names for a strong "tropical cyclone":

* "hurricane" (the North Atlantic Ocean, the Northeast Pacific Ocean east of the dateline, or the South Pacific Ocean east of 160E)
* "typhoon" (the Northwest Pacific Ocean west of the dateline)
* "severe tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Pacific Ocean west of 160E or Southeast Indian Ocean east of 90E)
* "severe cyclonic storm" (the North Indian Ocean)
* "tropical cyclone" (the Southwest Indian Ocean)

There are several things you should check before testing the power of a tropical cyclone.

If your going to surf during the hurricane season, please make sure you visit NOAA's National Hurricane Center, where you will find information on the next forecasts, as well as the present activity of hurricanes Bill and Guillermo

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