Wavesailing Wed on Ocracoke

the crew at OcracokeWednesday, Ocracoke was the call as N winds continued to blow across the OBX! All the local crew were there along with some visiting sailors. The ferry lines were long, and it took Jim and I nearly 2 hrs to make a ferry. Though, once we made it to Ocracoke, there were super clean waves in the waist to head high range. Great size for greener sailors or those wishing to try wavesailing. The only "tough" part was the inside "no wind" area, but with some balance or a big board, it was not too bad.

Here are some photos from the day:
All photographs by Yana

Caleb J mid back loop!

Charlie M into the air!

Bill B wave aerial showing the bottom of his board!

Keith M, new mast, nice wave!

Billy E floating above the whitewater!

Emmanuel C at the lip!

Keith M breaking a mast!

Chad in the pit looking for a clean section!


At 11:37 AM, Blogger oldmankeith said...

niiiccccee. great photos.. hopefully we'll get a few more OC days before the summer pattern sets in! -K

At 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,I just got done looking thru the sequence photos of the hatteras wave crew and id like to add some constructive criticism...do you guys get out much?I expected a higher level of sailing given how good i hear it gets over there from the blogs. looks like most of you end up out the back of the wave and wheres all the frontloops,pushloops and backloops.does anyone there land any of those moves or even try them? y'all need to move to maui and we'll show you hows it done...robby naish

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey robby or who ever you are,i tried a backloop...cant say i sailed away from it but i landed it!and billy e didnt end up out the back

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is something to be said for "seeing it all." All professional photographers only publicize about 10% of their work, especially in action photography. All the radical windsurfing photos you see in the magazines are usually chosen from the best pic in a chosen sequence. There are many out the backs, failed loops, etc... even in that professional realm, but you never see it except in uncut video or if you are lucky enough to see the "whole photo lot." Even from those failed sequences some radical shots are pulled. In the case here, I see some of the top shots listed on the blog. From those, its looks pretty rad, but from the sequences, it dumbs down the apparent skill level. My recommendation, leave the "whole lot" to the photographer and only post the good stuff!

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Bill said...

I do agree with the third anonymous poster. Seeing the "whole lot" is not really showing the best from Hatteras. Not that I want to make us all look good, but like a magazine, we want to see the rad shots, not the bucket stuff.
For sequences, we can save it for the next video!

At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Robbie Naish should take a trip out to Hatteras and Ocracoke and show us his stuff. He could stay with Brian "Hurricane" Klauser at Windsurfing Hatteras. No NO No, that's right the Hurricane doesn't windsurf, well maybe he could stay with Charlie at Ride Hatteras, I wonder if robbie drinks beer?

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Robbie's been here, and did his stuff! Nice wave aerial photo captured of him at Ego I believe.

Regarding Ocracoke and conditions the other day. Near straight offshore winds are likely impossible to land a high jumping wave aerial out in front of the wave. You are always going to have out-the-backs or land in the whitewater. Its a simple matter of direction. If the wind is blowing near straight offshore, you can ride down the wave, hit a critical section and be thrown into the air, pointed correctly towards the beach. However, with your gear traveling directly into the wind, resistance is going to slow your forward motion. The wave/whitewater races forward while you slow down. Upon landing, you are either going to be behind the wave or in the soup. Perhaps if you can trim your gear better while in the air, you may be able to be more wind resistant, but unlikely. When sailing in near straight offshore winds, the waves look great, and you can scream down the line, get some nice cutbacks, and launch wave aerials, but you are likely never going to land out front. If someone knows of a video or photo sequence of a pro doing it successfully in near straight offshore conditions, reply with the link.

At 10:25 AM, Blogger Bill said...

As for loops, that is why we have Loop Fest 2008 coming up in June. Perhaps you will see all the back, front, push, etc loops during the Loop Off?! Though only three of the local crew have signed up so far...

At 2:42 PM, Blogger badneck said...

its clear that this comment is just put up to stir some shit. However, in response, to compare us to pro windsurfers on maui or anywhere is like comparing a golf pro at the local course to Tiger Woods, or a person that rides there bike everyday to lance armstrong(who is awesome by the way). Get real...and dont talk shit about someone just because they kitesurf and dont windsurf that shit talk is all played out broham.

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

so thats the famous ocracoke wavesailing break? you drove how far? and waiting in line how long? to sail that?

At 6:43 PM, Blogger Andy said...

Looks like a killer time down there (minus the ferry line)!! Wouldn't it be faster just to sail across the inlet?

Bummed that I missed it, but, oh wait, I'm sipping rum drinks under a palm tree in Jamaica! Haaahaaaahaaaa! suckers!


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