Hatteras Loopfest 2014?!
For those who have been following this blog for a while, waaaay back in 2008 we started a rebirth of Hatteras windsurfing events with the inaugural Hatteras LoopFest 2008. The event was a huge success with local and industry sponsorship support along with participating windsurfers from Florida to New England. George Markopoulos took home the grand prize with a successful loop commit captured on GoPro video; while Keith McCulloch was crowned "Loop King" winning the LoopFest Loop-Off held at Ego Beach. 2008 was a long time ago and now/upcoming in 2014 (late Spring/Early Summer) is it time for LoopFest again!
Who is Ready to Rotate!?!
Event video from 2008!
More from LoopFest 2008!
Was it Mid-May Last Week?!
This morning, we are back to cold air and sunny skies. Yesterday we had warmth but it was coupled with rain, fog, and not very inviting weather (though perhaps it was not bad once wet?!).
Last week however, we took a step into mid-May. Warm air, sunny skies, warm water (ocean temps in mid 60s!) and wet sails! I trekked down to Avon last Sunday (Dec 22) and caught a fun solo sesh at Rmp 27. The crew was at Rm 34 though the wave there was a little heavy for the Sealion with lots of top to bottom peaks breaking at various spots and a warbly inside. As seen in past similar scenarios, a move north a few ramps cleans the wave and inside providing a nice right down a long continuous line . Wind was quite light even for the Lion, but caught a few fun waves and spent some time in the soup with a few denials. All in all though, with the warm water, it was quite enjoyable!
|Shot of the break at Rmp 27 with clean inside an outside bar|
The next day (Monday, Dec 23) offered more wind allowing the standard kits to take the action at Rmp 34. The peaky/warbly conditions are no problem for the standard fare and the crew had a fun time down there enjoying warmth both above and below water! I missed that sesh with work and drive north for the holiday. Perhaps there will be more into the New Year?!
Sealion(s) for Sale Just in Time for Xmas!
Interested in a Sealion?! Summer 2014 is currently a distant thought, but it will be here soon, and the perfect ride to catch those summer-time waves is the AHD Sealion. Of course the board will work great anytime of year and indeed given its stability and use in light wind/mild surf, it works great during the winter months as falls are kept to a minimum and its easy to remain high, dry, and warm!
All in all, if you are interested, I have the following available:
2013 Sealion 83: $1100
2013 Sealion Pro: $1100
|Recent pics of the Sealion 83 for sale!|
|Keith McCulloch on the Sealion during the 2013 AWT Hatteras Wave Jam!|
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2013 - A HUGE Success!
What a week for the 2013 AWT Hatteras Wave Jam! Two solid days of heats and perfect surf conditions for all brackets, a week long experience of sunshine, warmth in the air and water, solid long period surf, nightly parties at host windsurfing shops, and a community of participants/spectators enjoying the camaraderie of Hatteras ideal experience.
AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2013 is in the books as one of the best, if not the best windsurfing event ever hosted on the OBX. Rivaling the 2010 event, 2013 featured a caliber of competitive high action wavesailing though all classes from Amateurs though Pros. The talent on the water was top notch and feature quite a show in conditions perfect for a wavesailing event. Interestingly, all heats across all classes was completed in two days early in the event window and the follow-on days focused on perfect surf and extremely fun SUP sailing and SUP/surf under cloudless skies and trunks only weather.
For those who made the trip to participate or experience Hatteras Wave Jam 2013 week, as Mac B said to me while out in the lineup on Friday.... "Pinch Me, is this real!?!"