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People catch some waves on Lake Michigan despite NWS warnings

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The National Weather Service is warning Lake Michigan beach-goers about dangerous conditions, but that could not keep some avid surfers and boogie boarders out of the water.

"This was totally amazing man," said Bexin Nexiss.

Nexiss and his friend got a big surprise when they showed up to Silver Beach to boogie board Tuesday afternoon. Huge waves between six to ten feet were crashing into the shoreline and the guys knew they were in for a ride.

"It was a great day," said Nexiss. "We came out and it started getting cloudy. We said hey we're going to do it anyway. It turned out being amazing. It's just totally awesome. One of the coolest things I've seen this summer."

Other surfers and boogie boarders who were on lake Michigan said these big waves are not common in the summer. Even though the NWS warned people about getting in the water, the temptation of catching a current on such a nice day was too strong to keep them on the beach.

"There hasn't been a ton of surf like this that I've done at least this year," said Andrew Hawks. "Usually it's in the fall and winter and stuff. Anytime you get to surf without a wet suit is pretty nice."

All the surfers we talked to emphasized how important it was to be a good swimmer when the waves get this big.

"A lot of people know and respect the waves around here," said Britney Ketcham. "Especially when there is a big rip current. But I was really excited. I grew up here, so I know the way of the water."

Even though they were braving the water, they seemed to respect its power.

"Be safe when it's windy because it is dangerous," said Austin Churchill.

The beach hazard warning for Berrien Co. and LaPorte Co. continues through Tuesday night. The NWS says quote "people visiting the beaches should stay out of the water" because of potentially life-threatening rip currents.

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