2014-08-15

Outer Beaches Realty and Hatteras Wave Jam 2014

Planning to visit the OBX during the week of the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2014?! 

Well as an added incentive, Outer Beaches Realty is offering a 10% discount off rental housing during the week of the event!  Likely could cover the fuel costs for the ride down (at least in a standard sized vehicle)!

images: Outer Beaches Realty

2014-08-13

Rare Summer Time Nags Head Wave Sesh!

Yesterday, wind and surf aligned to provide some really FUN conditions in Nags Head town proper!  I was out at Conch Street across from Jockeys Ridge and conditions were solid 17-20+ mph SSE wind and a nice SE swell providing chest + outside surf!  I rode both kits including the 92 Twin as well as the Sealion Pro.  Sail throughout the day was the 5.1m Maui Sails Mutant.  On the Twin, the wind primarily was on the light side, but for about an hour I was well juiced even for a few rare Nags Head loops!  Swell was perfect for easy pickup on the outside, and the energy always was enough to plane upswell and into the surf zone!

Late day as wind shifted true S and decreased, I switched to the Sealion and remained out there riding wave after wave.  A full 6 hours of wavesailing and at the end, I did not want to stop, but was simply too spent with a tired body and sore hands.  Given the rare Nags Head wave sesh (surprisingly with nice sized surf!), it was hard to give it up to end the day!

I was solo out there other than a few surfers who paddled out.  Inside current was strong so many did not stay out long as they drifted north towards Nags Head Pier.  On the windsurfing kit though, I was able to remain out most of the time.  Did have to do a number of up wind walks but that was mainly due to the long DTL rides connecting 5+ turns!

All in all, an excellent session and I wish they were not so rare for Nags Head?!

No images, but if you happened to view the Nags Head Pier Cam yesterday afternoon, you likely saw the sail in the zone when the cam pointed south!

 

2014-08-06

AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2014 - Sept 15 - 20

The 2014 American Windsurfing Tour, Hatteras Wave Jam is ON again this year, Sept 15-20. 
2014 marks the 7th year for the HWJ from its humble grass root beginnings back in 2008.  The 2014 event will be another major highlight for US East Coast wavesailing as Hatteras hosts many of the worlds top ranked international windsurfers.  Definitely an event not to miss!

Mark those calendars!

2014-07-16

Best Wavesailing in Months at Rmp 38, Avon!

Wow, we scored yesterday with some excellent wave sailing conditions at Rmp 38 just south of Avon!  Warm water, chest/head+ outside lined up wrap surf, sunny skies, and winds averaging 25+ mph set up for one of the best days so far this year!  Only a few of us caught it, and was a great call for myself as a planned afternoon off work to trek down to Avon for the score!  Riding the 4.5m Maui Sails Mutant and 75ltr Quatro Quad LS provided rock star performance in the surf zone!  I am new to the Mutant, but found its handling superb with effortless control, excellent low end, and an extremely balanced feel while sailing.  Combined with the 75 Quad LS, it simply excelled in the surf zone!  FUN time!

Keith, Andy, and I were the local crew on hand, while Bertrice and Ace visiting the summer "secret season" were out as well enjoying the excellent conditions.  Ken  and the kite crew (Chris and Brian), also came down from upwind to end at Rmp 38.

All in all, an excellent, memorable session of wavesailing fun!  Now, we need a steady two weeks of similar conditions to lead up to the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam coming in Sept!

If anything, I need the practice!?!

Not sure if there are any photos out there from the sesh yesterday.  We were all sailing, and I do not think anyone was shooting.  However, if something surfaces, will update!

Ah, and if you were ever wondering about the 4th of July (or this year, 5th), see this unique perspective of the fireworks display in Nags Head at the Fishing Pier!  I remember seeing the drones flying during the show and thinking there would be some killer footage there!  These guys captured it!

2014-07-05

Stuck on Hatteras Island Courtesy of Hurricane Arthur?

Perhaps, but for July 4 weekend, HI is the spot for ocean side FUN! Check out these snaps from Keith M from some SUP action on the holiday at Rmp 38. With the NE wind on tap today (Saturday), there is sure to be more FUN south side action! Damn, and with Rt 12 out, I am gonna miss it....bummer!
More pics from the SUP sesh at Rmp 38 on July 4, 2014
all photos:  Keith M

As for progress on Rt 12 recovery, see the NCDOT Facebook page for most recent updates/feeds/photos.  From recent posts, looks like they are progressing nicely.  Hopefully all will be back to normal on Pea Island for the forecast Bermuda High setting up this coming week?!