NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - When the Volusia Beach Patrol dropped the double red flag Thursday morning, a handful of surfers wasted no time getting into the cold ocean waters.
Many bundled up beach goers looked on in awe from New Smyrna Beach as Rafael Fernandez and a few others put on wet-suits, grabbed their boards, and surfed the choppy waters.
“There's nobody in there and I have the day off,” Fernandez said with a laugh.
The website Surfline.com forecast the waters at about 50 degrees Thursday as freezing weather continued to pound Central Florida. While he admitted the water was some of the coldest he’d ever surfed, Fernandez said it was just too good to pass up.
The single red flag above the lifeguard stand meant high surf, and for surfers, great waves. Plus, the few that braved the frigid waters said with only a handful of others going in, they basically had those high waves to themselves.
"Yeah, my own playground!” said Jacob Kotchpowell, putting on his wet-suit to jump in. “No one out there so I can catch all the waves I want."