COCOA BEACH, Fla. – On the eve of a major hurricane, the waves at Cocoa Beach were a kite surfer's paradise.
Johanna Martinsson is in town from Sweden and took advantage of the conditions on Wednesday.
"It's awesome. The waves are nice. The wind is nice," the professional kite surfer said.
She said as a lifelong kite surfer, she's a good judge of when the water will become too dangerous.
And while she catches her last wave, visitors to the Cocoa Beach Pier are being turned away. Matthew's threat is closing the pier until Saturday.
"This isn't the way we want our pier to look," said Rick Lohr, the pier's general manager. "Today, everybody's a little scared and concerned what's happening."
News 6 asked visitors if they were upset to see the pier closed.
"I think it's important. People's safety here is important. This is a landmark," said Phil Park, of Cocoa Beach.
But while the pier is closed, Park said he plans to ride out the storm.
That's not the plan for some other people whom News 6 talked to Wednesday, trusting the decision from leaders to call for a mandatory evacuation.
"I do believe they have our best interest at heart," said a woman from Indialantic, who added that she's planning to evacuate Thursday morning.