2014-09-22

AWT Hatteras Wave Jam is a Wrap!

What an awesome ride again this year!  The American Windsurfing Tour Hatteras Wave Jam experienced some really FUN conditions last week.  From a contest perspective it was a tough year as the wind and surf in general was just below par; however, throughout each day of the contest window, pulses of wind/waves aligned allowing all heats across all classes to run and score.  Overall, it was a great success and special thanks to Sam Bittner, Chris Freeman, and Andy McKinney who led the Tour Stop and really made it happen!

Also of course, special thanks to Kevin Pritchard who put together this excellent experience video of the event!



See more photos, reports, and contest results at the AWT Web Site.

2014-09-18

First Day of AWT Hatteras Wave Jam Action!

The first windsurfing day for the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam began Wed, Sept 17.  Incoming swell from Hurricane Edouard arrived mid day and provided a fun set swell wave for the southern facing beaches.  Winds were light/moderate, and though conditions were not consistent enough to run heats for the event, a successful morning Expression Session occurred during a short burst of 4.7m wind filled at Izzy's.  The Expression Session lasted about 40 minutes and all who where there enjoyed a fun time of wave rides and ramps.  Kevin Pritchard scored the session trophy (champaign) sticking his signature one footed back loop.

Following the Expression Session, winds died off at Izzy's and the swell remained marginal.  Pro heats were on standby and Amateur heats were called off for the day.  Many of the crew headed to Rmp 49 where the orientation of the island groomed the surf via side off wind conditions and the bars were nicely set for outside long line crumblers and inside fast barrels!  Wind was marginal, but it was enough to get out between the sets and puffs of strong wind had many on full plane throughout the afternoon.

All in all, a really fun session at Rmp 49 and great practice for the upcoming Amateur heats later this week (likely Friday?!).

Here is a shot of Keith McCulloch on a nice outside wave at Rmp 49 yesterday!

2014-09-02

Perfect OBX Labor Day Weekend - Sun, Small Surf, and Some Wind!

If you were here on vacation or simply made it out to the beach, it was a perfect long weekend for time on the sand and in the surf.  Conditions were small, but fun with a solid waist high wave on the main bars breaking across all tides at choice spots.  Southerly winds ramped up each afternoon providing fun side to side-off conditions for WindSUP action in the surf zone.

I caught it each afternoon on the Sealion, and the spot of choice was Loggerhead St in Nags Head where a nice outside sandbar produced breaking surf at all tides.  It did get quite shallow at low tide, even for the short Sealion fins, but it was not much of a problem.  Water temps were perfect for trunks only.  Only catch was the number of people in the water within the surf zone swimming, surfing, SUPing, and boogie boarding.  No worries though as all are out to have a good time, and with myself the only one holding a sail in hand, I simply had to keep a keen eye where people were and judge a given DTL run accordingly.  I had to pass on a few waves due to folks in the zone/path, but that was ok.  I enjoyed seeing many out having a FUN time and enjoying likely their last tastes of summer.

2014-08-28

Southside Wrap Plus Christobal Swell Equals BIG!

Wow, the south side has been firing over the past few days courtesy of the NE wind wrap coupled with incoming SE swell from Hurricane Christobal!  If the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam was this week.... Hatteras would be right up there with conditions similar to San Carlos and/or Peru!

Keith sent in these photo galleries from the past few days.  Quite impressive conditions and classic big wave Hatteras!

August 27, Hatteras Inlet Firetower
sailors: Keith M, Ride Hatteras Charlie (photos: Martine M)
August 26, Izzys between Frisco and Hatteras Village
sailors: Keith M, Ken A (photos: Keith/Ken)

2014-08-26

NE Day Two - Wrap Arrived at Izzys!

The southside wrap swell arrived yesterday and fired along the Hatteras beaches!  Izzys, located between Frisco and Hatteras Village was the call and the guys who made it there scored!  I missed the sesh, and can only live vicariously though the shots.

Keith sent in these last night. Nice!