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When Washingtonians think Hamilton, tow-in surfing pioneer Laird Hamilton isn’t the first guy who comes to mind, but a loose-knit local group is doing its best to make the District a little bit gnarly.

Members of the Yahoo group surfersdc are meeting up online for weekend rideshares to Delaware beaches, Assateague Island, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina in search of the imperfect wave.

From the looks of messages, a few of the members are transplanted Californians who brought their boards East and the majority are women.

Lake Atlantic isn’t exactly Pipeline and even body surfing in East Coast waters can be an exercise in futility, but if the weather is real shitty, you’re bound to get a few whitecaps. It’s raining outside. Thunderstorms are the forecast. Load up the van. It’s surfing weather for sure.