Big waves: "You get nature pushing you"

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- For some, a red flag proved more an invitation to Holland State Park than a warning to stay away Tuesday afternoon.

"It's like freedom, it's like a little vacation," said surfer Scott Cogswell. "You get nature pushing you."

For Cogswell and professional kayaker Tim Gallaway, 3-to-6-foot waves in the summer are a rarity and too good to pass up.

"Oh, it's fantastic. You can go anywhere from peaceful and serene to a real adrenaline rush very quickly," said Gallaway.

The white-water kayaker isn't afraid of any size wave.

"I'm perfectly comfortable being upside down," he said.

But the U.S. Coast Guard knows everyone doesn't have that expertise. They combed the rocky waters, keeping a close eye on kids, swimming in waves taller than them.

Others packed the pier on the chillier-than-normal day, including Tina and Samantha Fishell of Holland. They were camping at the park.

"It seems more like September," said Tina. "It's too dangerous to swim today, but we're still enjoying the water. So we thought we'd come out and enjoy the waves and enjoy the sunshine together."

Cogswell and Gallaway aren't intimidated and say they're now even more excited for fall.

"This is like a warm-up for the season," said Cogswell.


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