2015-06-09

More FUN Wave Sailing Conditions in Nags Head!

Not sure what is up this year, but we have been seeing a lot of SSE/S wind opportunities with strongest conditions north of Oregon Inlet.  I have been out near daily "in town" catching great surf and sail conditions at both Bladen and Enterprise Streets in Nags Head.  Many days were on the Sealion, but a few have been on the standard kit as well!
Yesterday was likely one of the best where a solid surf swell was hitting along with moderate S wind!  I was, as usual, solo on my standard windsurfing kit, though a few surfers were in the lineup enjoying the head+ set peaks and average waist+ action.  Warm water and lots of sun made it one of the best "in town" wavesailing days yet this year.

Though no sailing available in this clip, you can get a glimpse of the surf break and my surprise at seeing one of the bigger sets roll in as soon as I started filming the report!

2015-06-03

Days of SSE Winds and a Decent Swell Serve Up Fun In Nags Head!

Over the past week, the predominant OBX weather pattern has been SSE/S wind and a decent sized swell in the water ranging waist+ throughout most of the period.  I have been catching daily "extended lunch break" sessions at Bladen St in town where a decent outside sandbar currently exists.  Conch St has not been working as well as past years, thus focus has shifted to Bladen as well as Enterprise.  Both of these spots primarily work on SSE or S, as SSW will be very sheltered.  However, on the SeaLion, this is not a problem.  There have been a few days where the standard kit did work, and I was even able to pop a few rare "in-town loops" off an approaching swell; however, most of the sessions have been SeaLion only.

The surf over the past week has been quite fun with a peak this past Sunday.  Unfortunately, during the peak, SE winds were minimal even for the SeaLion, and the water was unseasonably cold (low 50s).  I did catch a late session Sunday following the tide switch that brought in warmer water, but it was only a few waves, though fun in size and power..., of course, trunks only!

All in all, there has been plenty of in town action given all these days of SSE/S wind with strongest conditions north of O Inlet.  Hopefully, things turn on down South and we see a "classic" Bermuda High lock into place with strong SSW winds daily!  Of course, I have to juggle the time to get down south of the bridge, but at least I have been able to catch some fun stuff up in town lately!

2015-05-18

Trunks Only in Nags Head!

Great weekend for water time!  Caught a FUN Sealion session in Nags Head at Conch St near the BrewThru at Jockeys Ridge.  Surf was relatively small in the waist high range with chest+ peaks on the sets; however, the bars were breaking nicely outside with a 9 second period coming in.  Wind was perfect with slightly side off in the mid-teens range.  Lots of wave rides, fun turns, lip hits, and other action in surprisingly warm water.  Trunks and a 2 mil top was all that was needed.  No images as I was solo but if you are in town, or if its too side on down south, its worth checking out!

2015-05-15

First Half of May...How Many Days?!

Looks like ALL of them!

The crew down in Avon has been on the water literally every day since May 1!  Surf, wind, sun, its all been down there south of Oregon Inlet bridge!  For those down there either locally or visiting, its been a major score over the past 15 days.  Great to see all the photos and its been a great late Spring offering during the welcomed warming period across the islands!

all shots by Kieth M and Rick E.
Riders include Mike W, SeaSquatch (Ken A), and the "Old Man!"


2015-05-13

May Action and TS Ana!

We are well into the prime late Spring/early Summer wave sailing season on the OBX, and the crew down south have been scoring on the south side from Frisco to Hatteras Inlet!  Recent NE winds and south side swell have lined up some quite nice conditions down there.  TS Ana kicked up a few days of excellent rare Cove conditions along with fun times in the ocean south of Avon.

Kieth M, and Ken A have been on it for each offering, along with some of the seasonal and visiting crew down there.  Unfortunately, I have missed it all due to life/work commitments.

All in all, great to see all the action over the past week from down south, though it does feel somewhat odd that I was not there, as in every year over the past 20+, I was usually there at least for some of it.  Well, there will be more to come in 2015 and hopefully I will be able to navigate the complexities to find time to squeeze in some mental decompression sessions south of Oregon Inlet.  Right now though, back to work...

Check out these galleries Keith M put together!

Also, if blasting around in the sound with weeds is your call, definitely check out Keith McCulloch's CNC weed fins (www.cncfins.com)! These are custom designed and tested/refined/built locally!