Signs, Signs, Everywhere a Sign...!
"Sign Sign everywhere a sign
Blocking out the scenery breaking my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign"
(click on image to see the full Jockey's Ridge Sign Gallery)
Kind of reminds me of that 1970s protest song titled "Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band. Jockey's Ridge is literally inundated with signs! Between spoiling the soundside view, to creating a hazard for hiking gear out to the beach, there is definitely overkill with the signs. If anyone from the State Park Service checks into this blog; here are a few recommendations from a patron of Jockey's Ridge beach from before the State began "managing" it.
1) Remove all the signs, and consolidate the messages into ONE sign!
2) Create a new walking path though the vegetation line (sand trail only) near where you want watersports enthusiasts to launch. Note, the path should be wide enough to carry gear.
3) The only "sign" that should remain holds the doggie bags for owners to collect their pet's beach craps. Hopefully, pet owners pay attention to that "sign!"
Too much signage? Let the Park Service know.
In other windsurfing reporting news, its been a warm SW 6.0m windy weekend! If you are into soundside cruising under a bright sunny sky, this past weekend was the perfect setup. I caught a late afternoon/early evening ocean-side session at Coquina on Friday. There was a swell coming in; however, the tide was high during my sesh, killing the breaking wave on the outer bar. Friday was the final day of sizable surf on the east facing beaches, and through the remainder of the weekend, the ocean was basically flat. The water temp Friday was bone chilling hovering around 43 degrees, but by the end of the weekend, we were seeing 50 degree water out there. Sound-side the water is even warmer, approaching 60s in the shallows.
Spring is nearly here, and with the additional hour of daylight courtesy of Daylight Savings, those late afternoon/early evening SW ramp ups are now sailable! Hopefully, more reporting coming soon as we sail though March!