Hurricane Earl missed the Carolina coastline, but surfers enjoyed the big waves. There was no serious damage, but the spectacle was enjoyed by beach visitors and residents.
These scenes were photographed by L. Ross at Ocean Isle Beach, a few miles north of Calabash, NC.
Waves crashed onto the shoreline from mid-day to late afternoon and surfers were eager to brave the rough water and rip tides to catch a big wave and experience the abnormally big wave action for the east coast.
Saturday morning, the shore was littered with massive numbers of shells and flotsam. Collectors were out searching for trophies.
By mid-day, all was quiet and sunbathers had taken over the beach.