Cocoa Beach surfers entertain Labor Day crowd

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COCOA BEACH, Fla. – Thousands showed up to the Cocoa Beach Pier on Monday to enjoy Labor Day and watch professional and amateur surfers compete in the final day of the 32nd annual NFK Surf Festival.

"It's been calm. We haven't had any medicals or any ocean rescues at this point," said Matthew Scales, a shift supervisor with Brevard County Ocean Rescue.

Cocoa Beach City Commissioner Ed Martinez said he enjoyed the weather while he could as Hurricane Irma continues to strengthen in the Atlantic.

"We're excited about the great weather right now, but we're anticipating the hurricane to see what it does," Martinez said.

Martinez and his wife participated for a sixth year in the tandem surfing competition of the festival.

Martinez said Cocoa Beach residents should be preparing for the storm now, just in case.

"The best thing we can do is tell our residents to prepare," Martinez said. "Get your supplies ready in case the storm actually hits."

Lifeguards said they've also been watching Hurricane Irma closely.

"We're going to wait until about middle of the week for a more definitive track to decide the best course of action," Scales said.

Martinez said he is worried that if Hurricane Irma doesn't hit Florida, it will strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico and make landfall in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey landed almost two weeks ago.

"I'm just praying that it doesn't go into the Gulf and hit those guys," Martinez said. "They need all the help they can get and this would just be catastrophic for them."

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