WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Despite the dramatic drop, the frigid temps are not keeping some folks inside. Surfers say even though the temperature may be down, the surf is up.
Because of the colder temperatures, there are not many people at Wrightsville beach other than those there to catch waves.
Surfer Jason Baysden says winter is when he likes to surf the most.
"Personally, this is my favorite time of year to surf, because there are less people in the water," he said. "It seems like the swells that we get are a little stronger, so it's a little more fun to get waves and it's just kind of fun to suit up and go out when it's super cold."
And when Baysden says "suit up" he means it. Those who are brave enough to get in the water usually wear wetsuits, booties, gloves and hoods to stay warm. Surfer Mark Anders says his wetsuit lets him stay in the water longer. He admits it's uncomfortable at times, but being able to surf year round is worth it.
"Getting in and out of your wet suit on the street when it's snowing outside is really uncomfortable and really cold, but once you're surfing you forget how much trouble it is," Anders said. "It's really fun."
Baysden says that surf gear has developed greatly over the last couple of years, which has allowed the sport to evolve and for people to surf later in the year. So if the cold won't even keep surfers out of the water, what will?
"Actually, probably days like today when it's just super flat. If there's waves, we're definitely going to be out there," Baysden said.
Although the waves weren't big today, folks are hoping for a better surf report tomorrow when the weather may be even colder.