November Wrap Up

Flying Quatro Airlines at Hatteras Inlet during H Noel - photo: Pam BaileyNovember was the end of the line for OBX's prime Fall windsurfing season of 2007. It was a transitional month when daylight hours shorted, air and water temps cooled, IWS ended their local wind forecasts, and the top was securely fastened back on the 4runner.

November 2007 will be remembered for Hurricane Noel and the wind/swell produced along with the video/photo documented action. The tow-in surfing in 20+ ft surf at Old Lighthouse Beach, captured in photos by Lane, were quite amazing in the wake of Noel! SurfKDH.com also has some great surfing footage from Noel, including a video of the tow-in event! One of the surfing shots of local pro surfer Jesse Hines even made Billabong's XXL Awards! Interesting to see the photo from Kill Devil Hills, NC in the same league as world renowned big wave meccas including Dungeons, South Africa; Mavericks, California, and Punta De Lobos, Chile!! Click "Monster Paddle" then "next page" on the Billabong site for the KDH shot. Crew from the OBX surfing community called it the biggest OBX surf in 15 years! We do not get it here often, but when it comes...

The remainder of the month was hit or miss with sessions dictated by being at the right place at the right time to catch it. Though as usual, the Thanksgiving session, which I missed..., provided plenty of action before turkey was served.

We are now into winter windsurfing on the OBX with the start of December. The previous winter season provided many fun days with frequent warm windy SW sessions in water temps hovering in the upper 50s/low 60s on the southern beaches. Now, it will be time to keep a keen eye on the OBX Sea Surface Temps data to gauge the "100 Rule" (air + water temp => 100) requirements for winter OBX windsurfing.

November's Calendar:

Forgot to post October:


At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that the "100 Rule" is that the wind plus the temp has to be at least 100?

At 5:22 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Actually the "100 Rule" is where air plus water temps must be at or greater than 100. Therefore, if you have 40 degree water and 60+ degree air, then lets go sailing!

Though I believe that up in New England, the rule is more like 80?!

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are so spoiled/such wimps (and I envy you.) It was a bit cold today on Long Island (as in the occasional warm up break was required even if you were wearing a heavy wetsuit or drysuit.) I did the math after the sesh, and we came in at 79 on the 100 rule. And we weren't even trying!

If I can sail a 4.5 I'm going windsurfing!

Have a great December down there.

P.S. nice wave jumping shot at the top!

At 9:46 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Yea, the thing I like most about the jump photo is the size of the wave which is about to crest.

Though given the size of the surf on Day 2 of Noel, this wave looks pretty small!?!

At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 100 rule doesn't apply in Hattie. It's the rule of 12... 12 cans of Busch. That's year round.


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