The Tone-Deaf Excitement for Hurricane Season

Gianna Fine
3 min readSep 22, 2022
Photo by J. Amill Santiago on Unsplash

With Fiona wreaking havoc on Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, aid is being sent and resources are being posted to help those affected. While there has been an increase in community aid and awareness amongst our world within the last few years, there is still a strange, tone-deaf excitement from the surf community during hurricane season on the Atlantic.

Hurricane season for the Atlantic region is June 1st through November 30th, leaving plenty of time for a monster or two to bring about trauma and disaster. Oddly enough, this is simultaneously when some of the good swells happen in Puerto Rico and when the east coast of the United States wants to escape the cold. The winter swells in PR have gained so much popularity the island has been deemed as the ‘North Shore’ of the Atlantic region. Hearing this, it can be fairly obvious to see that intermediate and advanced surfers are the ones inhabiting the waves off of PR’s coastlines.

Hurricanes consistently have hit the Caribbean and avoided the United States, created swells that produce waves bigger than usual. Low pressure systems with storm surges and high speed winds the sets can be exciting for the shores they hit, creating a good day to paddle out.

Seeing the story posts of wave forecasts with quotes like, “Let’s f*cking go!” “Absolutely firing, who wants to…