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This is the astonishing moment a group of surfers in the Dominican Republic took on towering waves as Tropical Storm Isaias barreled through the Caribbean island before strengthening into a hurricane. 

Local news outlets captured the moment at least 20 daredevil surfers maneuvered the waves at Güibia Beach in Santo Domingo on Thursday.

Despite warnings from the police who stood by the shore, the surfers refused to leave the waters before the military boat arrived and forced them out.

Surfers brave the tough weather conditions at a beach in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Thursday as the island was hit by Tropical Storm Isaias before it converted into a Category 1 hurricane later in the evening as it neared the Bahamas

The surfers were briefly detained and later released but were fined $34 by authorities in Santo Domingo

A surfer lays on his board and headed back to the shores of Güibia Beach in Santo Domingo after local authorities called in the military to force a group of daredevil surfers out of the dangerous waters that were impacted by Tropical Storm Isaias on Thursday

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The individuals were briefly detained and fined $34 before they were released.   

One of the storm defying surfers thought the conditions 'were not dangerous' but rather just perfect 'because the waves were too good.'

'If we are in the water it is because we are athletes and we know what we are doing,' the man told Antena Noticias 7.

In other words, we understand and respect the ocean but since we are with the [surf] board, we have been doing it for a long time and it is something that we [were born] surfing and we will continue surfing until the waves stop.' 

Another surfer quipped that the reporters on the scene were more irresponsible than them for coming out to the beach because of the coronavirus.

Members of the Dominican Republic's military were called in by the police in Santo Domingo after a group of surfers disobeyed orders to leave the beach

Tropical Storm Isaias strengthened into a hurricane late Thursday with reported winds of 80mph, according to Hurricane Hunters, with the possibility of worsening as it swirls north.

Isaias, which upgraded from a tropical storm sooner than anticipated, is now a Category 1 hurricane, the second of the 2020 Atlantic season. 

It was centered about 70 miles east-southeast of Great Inagua Island in the southeastern Bahamas moving at 18 mph.

Tropical storm watches are in effect for parts of the Florida Peninsula, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach. A watch means tropical storm conditions are possible on Saturday into the evening.

The storm's center is inching away from Florida and is now forecast to be over 60 miles to the east of Cape Canaveral when it reaches the state.

Warnings were issued in the Bahamas including Nassau, Freeport, and the Abacos Islands with hurricane conditions anticipated Friday into Saturday.

Surfers found the conditions at Güibia Beach in Santo Domingo to be more than ideal to ride the waves despite 

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Austin Cindric Fights Weather, Cautions and His Own Eye to Win at Road America

Austin Cindric showed his class yet again to win his fourth race in five attempts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series on Saturday.

Racing at Road America, Cindric fought through numerous caution flags to win the race.

“This is a special race track to any racer. You hear guys talk about it being the most complete race track in the world,” Cindric said in a media interaction after the race.

Importance of Road America

“The fans that come out to this place whether there’s a pandemic or not. It’s such a great atmosphere Its a family atmosphere. Makes you want to do even more as a driver,” he added.

Xfinity race winner Austin Cindric talks the importance of Road America, how he felt about his chances on those final laps and having something in his eye: pic.twitter.com/kagdsZ7aQL

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“It challenges you in every type of way. It also feels awesome to be able to win on all three of the natural road courses on the Xfinity Series schedule. Watkins Glen, Ohio, and Road America are all special road courses to me in different ways and I’m so proud I can drive these race cars,” Cindric further added.

Cindric waited to get rid of a lightning delay and also saw off two caution flags in the last six laps en route to his victory.

Austin Cindric fights off multiple factors to win

But something stuck in his eye bothered him for most of the race.

“I’m sorry if I’m blinking a lot, but I got something in my eye halfway through the race, and it hurt so bad. “I’ve been blinking like the entire last hour,” Cindric said.

“Something came in my visor or something, but it’s been stuck under my eyelid from like halfway through the race,” Cindric added.

“I’ve had tears rolling down my face the entire race. I can’t get it out. I was taking my gloves off and whatever. When you have the adrenaline, it’s not a big deal apparently. Right now, it’s driving me crazy,” he further said.

Cindric has been in great form and solidified his position in the Xfinity Series points standings.

“When it comes to me, that’s my job, to do the best with the tools that I have, and I feel like from the start of this year, I’ve been getting the most out of the cars I’ve been driving. It’s gratifying to see that come with results,” Cindric expressed.

Source – Twitter-Bob Pockrass, ESPN

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