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Melissa
08/21/2010 12:22

J --

I've been working on a novel for quite some time and have always had it set in Bradenton, Florida. It dawned on me a few weeks ago that Indy, my main character, has to take up surfing. As mostly landlocked Minnesotans my husband and I began to debate whether or not any surfing could be done in the Bradenton/Sarasota area because of the waves not being as big as on the East Coast. I had no idea one way or another. I was beginning to look for new locations to set my novel when I came across your site. I have some questions that will likely show how ignorant I am @ the sport. Are the waves ever better or bigger in the late afternoon/early evening? I saw on your blog that you surf in April, an important month in my book. Is it cold enough that wetsuit is required that time of year? How far is it from Bradenton inland to Bradenton Beach? Is Bradenton Beach considered a part of Bradenton or is it actually in a different town? Thanks for any assistance you're able to give!

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J
09/10/2010 08:44

Are the waves ever better or bigger in the late afternoon/early evening?
---depends on tide and weather patterns, but yes it is possible.

I saw on your blog that you surf in April, an important month in my book. Is it cold enough that wetsuit is required that time of year?
---yes the water and air temperatures are still cold enuff to 'want' a wetsuit on.

How far is it from Bradenton iSland to Bradenton Beach? Is Bradenton Beach considered a part of Bradenton or is it actually in a different town?
---the two separate towns are divided by the inter-coastal waterway and a bridge of about 300ft.

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