Waves Down South!

Yesterday, we were served a "winter-time" warm windy day on the OBX! The morning began with air temps in the mid-60s and strong SW winds. By mid-morning, the winds began to shift west to northwest as the front slid offshore. Skies cleared as the air temps fell; however, with water temps in the low 60s, it felt great in the ocean! Winds were strongest north, but waves were biggest south. I was off the clock for a solo Boiler session by 1:30pm; however the ocean was near completely flat. I did not photograph it, but if you have ever been to the Canadian Hole in Avon, that was about what the ocean looked like. I was quite surprised and bummed when I saw the photos from the south side. I sailed the wind (well powered 4.7m), but definitely missed the surf action! Should have keep driving south...errah!

Charlie M in the setOn the south side, overhead high set waves, and clean conditions were found at Hatteras Inlet! Charlie, Dan, and Jim were there to catch it, and from the photos it looked pretty awesome! In the search for surf, definitely the spot to be!

Photos from Hatteras Inlet:
photographer: Jim Myers


At 9:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it's windy down there I definately want to sailing at the place that Charlie picks. He usually seems to find the best breaks.

At 12:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie dont surf

At 9:18 AM, Blogger Charles said...

A few years ago I used to wish that the Air Calvary would come in and keep the NPS away so we could access the beaches during "Hurricane Watchs", now the Park Service policy is to leave the ramps open even when a "mandatory evacuation" has been ordered. At least that is the case on Hatteras Island, and it has allowed us a few good Point sessions that wouldn't have been available a few years ago.
On Ocracoke though its still a different story. I remember being out with Charlie and Dan and a few others on the North End enjoying a good session about two years ago when a NPS Ranger came by to tell us he was going to put chain across the ramp entrance in an hour since an Evacuation had been ordered. Unless we wanted our trucks locked onto the beach we needed to pack up and leave. Charlie offered to the Ranger that if he left us the key we would lock up after ourselves. Of course that offer wasn't accepted. Luckily it was near the end of the day so we had already had our fill of sailing.

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill, do you know if anyone has documented the history of windsurfing on the Outer Banks? Mac

At 8:14 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Hey Mac,
I submitted a post this past summer of my OBX windsurfing history over the past 20 years; however, I have not seen content from others yet. Great topic idea though to gather up a bunch of old classic photos/video, and submit a write-up spanning OBX’s windsurfing past. From the heyday of Kitty Hawk Sports in Nags Head, WRV carrying windsurfing gear, original Windmill Point, Jockey's Ridge before there was a parking lot, the original Lighthouse location, Hatteras Wave Championships, etc…though to today. I will see what I can dig up!

Michael over at Peconic Puffin recently posted a clip from the classic Kooks of Hazzard series from the mid 90s. Great stuff!

At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes, I saw Michael's post and I have Mark S's videos...great stuff. I have some ideas about this...I'm going to write them all down soon and will be in touch...this would be a big collaborative effort but could be something really big (and fun). Be in touch soon.


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