2016-05-09

Windsurfing Alive and Well

Check out the latest edition of the Coast OBX local print paper.  The May edition features a headline story on windsurfing and an great cover shot of Keith M catching a south side line!  Inside features the story along with some additional images!
Cover Coast OBX 2016 May Edition
Writeup by Fran Marler

Great to see a local plug for windsurfing, and note that indeed the sport is very much alive and well on the OBX!  

2016-05-02

Fun Coqunia Wave Sesh Yesterday!

Yesterday, there was a solid swell in the water and S wind turned on in the afternoon.  A key spot of interest was Coquina Beach.  Coquina is a rarely windsurfed beach as it is located just south of the Nags Head town line; however, the orientation of the island in the area provides excellent side-off conditions for due S wind.  Where it can be choppy/side-on south of Oregon Inlet, Coquina is perfectly groomed with long lines and solid conditions.  Yesterday, we had that combo and although the swell was fleeting, there were some fun head high sets between the periods of lake-like conditions for ease of getting out.

Pro Japanese wavesailor Kana Suzuki and her Dad joined me for the action at Coquina.  Wind speed had dipped; however with a floaty ride there was no problem getting into the lineup.  I rode the trusty Sealion Pro and caught a quick session as Kana's Mom kept an eye on my two little dudes (BIG thx!) while they enjoyed some game time on the Android (earlier when I was scouting, they had a ton of fun playing among the dunes and beach at Coquina).  Kana and her Dad caught some great rides on some nice surf conditions, and I enjoyed a number of fun rides myself on the Lion.  All in all, a great session for a Sunday afternoon/early evening!

Here are a few Bambuser reports I shot while scouting.  If I was solo (no dudes), I would have been out there as soon as I saw the lineup!

2016-04-26

The Sealion Wing is Coming!

This summer I am looking forward to a new Sealion ride..., the Sealion Wing!  The Wing is a lower volume (109ltr) aggressive design which offers top surfing performance.  The Wing has same outline as the Pro model, however includes a thinner rail and redesigned tail end underside to improve performance and handling in the surf.   The Wings also feature the option for a hydro-foil add-on for flying above the water; however, I will be sticking to the surf with the one I have incoming.   Plus the new color options and graphics are pretty cool!
2016 Sealion Wings  source AHD
Great news too is that we now have a local dealer for the AHD Sealion line.  Wind-NC now carries Sealion's and Andy will have a few 83s in stock at the shop, and can also take orders for future shipments!  Thus, if you are an East Coast sailor interested in the Sealion, we now have have a regional dealer to get you onto a new Lion!

One thing I really enjoy about the Sealion is its guarantee of time on the water.  Yesterday, I had a busy work schedule and my son's first T-ball game in the evening.  Moderate wind and FUN surf was up in Nags Head, and I had to get a fix on the water.  The Sealion was the answer with a quick 30 min session simply sitting in the surf zone where I caught at least 10 fun waves, plenty of turns and hits at the lip before heading out to the t-ball game.  The Sealion is "Dad's Ride" as it gives you time to get out for that quick fix session between busy work/life schedules.  No more jonesing about lackluster wind as the Sealion gets you out there no matter what its blowing as long as there is surf on the sandbar!  Looking forward to more "Dad's Rides" coming soon!

PS:  also if interested in the Sealion Pro, I will likely have one for sale soon.  Stay tuned for more in a future blog post!

2016-04-25

Who Says Windsurfing's Been Cancelled?!

Wow, check out this shot from last weeks OBX-Wind's race event at Island Creek In Avon.  
OBX-Wind main event Reef Run Race   photo:  Windsurfer Photos

Great to see all the sails out on the water and a level of participation unparalleled for some time here on the OBX!  Congrats to all the participants and organizers who put the race and event week together.  Awesome to see windsurfing very alive and strong with both the visiting and local stoke!

2016-04-15

The Action is South Side!!

We are currently in one of those week long stretches of strong NE wind with cool days and hot action on the water!  Keith M has been posting regularly on the OBX Beach Life forum with session calls ranging Old Lighthouse beach to Hatteras Inlet.  The action looks top notch/classic Hatteras southside with long lines, and lots of turns/hits on the clean surf!
Keith M on a nice line at Izzys on the south side between Friso and Hatteras.   photo:  Rick E
Check into Keith's CNC Fins facebook page for more photos and commentary on this epic NE Hatteras run.

Hah, I am missing it!!