Some Waves From H Dean

Nags Head Monday afternoon with ground swell from H DeanSwell from Hurricane Dean arrived on the OBX Sunday afternoon. Luckily, S and SW wind was also on tap! The wind speeds were light, but given the size of the surf, it was fun to be lightly powered and riding the clean head+ high lines rolling though the zone.
Sunday, I sailed in Nags Head at the peak just south of Loggerhead Street. It was great to be in town wavesailing since it rarely happens. Winds were out of the south at around 25 mph and the swell was breaking far enough outside to get some fun rides on the solid chest to head high set waves. The ocean front buildings blocked most of the inside wind, but I was powered on the set waves breaking outside.

On Monday, the swell from Dean peaked on the OBX and all the popular surf spots were packed. I headed down to Salvo around 5:30pm since Caleb reported sizable surf and sand blowing on the beach. Passing though S-Turns, the side of the road was packed with cars, so I figured there must be some waves. Sure enough, the break at Salvo was firing with perfect wind for a 5.3m and 88ltr board. Caleb and I were the only ones to catch it.

Dan slogging out though the zoneToday, we were hoping for a repeat of yesterday; however, the wind was light and provided little power to work in the zone. It was a surf side slog session.

All in all though, not too bad over the past three days. Monday definitely was the best day of side off wave sailing since TS Barry threw some surf to the OBX back in June. For August, we definitely enjoyed it!

GoPro Video Report


At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bill- I stayed down south a couple extra days and caught the same swell. I surfed in the morning and kited in the afternoon. Pretty much a perfect day.
Do you have any pics from Monday?? It was definitely firing with 3 to 4 foot overhead.


At 8:14 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Hey James,

Unfortunately, the only pic from Monday is the one in Nags Head that is at the top of the post. It was taken around high tide and does not really show the scope of the swell, especially since it was much bigger down in Rodanthe. I had my camera at Salvo on Monday, but the batteries died so I did not get any photos from the beach. The GoPro video I shot also does not really show the scope of the waves. I tried to capture the bottom turn and down the line view, but the angle was not right, and all that was captured was the area just in front of the wave, and not the wave itself.

Oh well, glad you caught it too! I did see some kites up at S-Turns as I headed home on Monday night. Glad to see that the kiteboarding crew is now taking advantage of the benefits of riding side-off conditions!

At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad to hear that the plowboarders were at S-Turns. I guess they haven't figured out where the best waves were that day.

At 6:17 PM, Blogger BOBXNC said...

I get stoked watching your video. The Outer Banks are a special place if you choose to enjoy them. So glad you do too. Thanks for sharing.


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