Tragedy struck in Dutch surf capital Scheveningen yesterday, as gale force winds blew up from the NE catching a group of surfers and bodysurfers off guard at the popular surfing beach at The Hague.
The group are reported to be 22-38 years old and all experienced surfers, including surf school instructors.
According to reports, the group had already done one run around as a strong sweep was taking them towards the jetty that protects the harbour entrance on the left hand side of the long beach.
Apparently, the group got into difficulty in deep surface foam whipped up by the wind next to the jetty.
Local news DW News reports:
Rescue teams in the Netherlands on Tuesday recovered the bodies of three surfers. Two other people rescued from the sea the day before died shortly after being pulled from the water.
Surfers familiar with the conditions at Scheveningen told the Dutch public broadcasting organization NOS that strong winds and adverse currents might have made things difficult for the surfers, some of whom were reportedly very experienced. They said the large amount of foam on the waves may also have played a role.
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Dark are the times we’re living in. I feel like this picture that we took a few days ago represents my feelings quite well at the moment: static, moody and most of all I feel drained (of color), dark and grey has my mind been the last 16 hours. • I am and always will be the guy looking for something good and positive in every situation. I try my best to make live all fun and games. But right now I want to share the feeling I maybe haven’t shared enough of in my life. • It’s been overwhelming how sadness and helpless I’ve felt during the shocking situation that’s been reality the last 16 hours. A group of fit and experienced surfers went out on a stormy day in Scheveningen and some never came back. My local break where I’ve surfed countless times. Where my friends and fellow surfers have been taken by the sea as if it was nothing. If I would have trusted anyone to be fine in these conditions it would be this knowledgeable group of people. You’ll be missed by many and never forgotten. • Tell your loved ones you love them and give them a big hug. You’ll be thankful later. ♥️ • 📸: @jophermans.photography
The long beachbreak at Scheveningen is the hub of the North Sea surf sea on the Continent, and home to pros like Yannick de Jager.
Northerly windswells from the North Sea, as well as less frequent groundswells can serve up surprisingly powerful surf at a variety of peaks, which are bookended by a pier to the east and a harbour jetty to the west, where the tragedy took place.