2009-03-29

SW 4.2m, Sunshine, Warmth, and Broken Booms!

UPDATE: Yana just posted some shots of Caleb yesterday in the ocean 5 miles north of Rodanthe on Pea Island! Check em out!

What a welcoming weekend for the Hatteras 2009 Spring windsurfing season! Today, everything aligned for perfect late March windsurfing FUN times in Hatteras. SW winds ratcheted into the low 30 mph range all afternoon with plenty of juice for 4.2m high wind windsurfing! Bright sunshine, 70+ degree air, and a cloudless sky topped off the experience with pure enjoyment on the water! Until....my boom broke! No worries though, since I had a solid 2 hrs of juiced 4.2m power at Jockey's Ridge looping like a madman on every available ramp of opportunity! Fun times! Luckily though, it broke at JRidge and not during a big/cold day in the ocean!?!

The parking lot at JRidge was full with both the local kite crew, and a number of visiting windsurfers from the Va Beach area. Everyone had a blast out in the sound-side wind swell rollers! 60 something degree sound-side water temps felt great too!

Oceanside, the northern beaches were not seeing much of a swell. I ran down to Coquina to check conditions prior to my JRidge romp; however, the surf was small in the waist high range, and no one was out. Though, further south near Avon, reports noted sizable head to overhead conditions. Stay tuned to Andy's blog as I am sure he will have the wave report from Avon!


Yana snapped this shot a few miles north of Rodanthe where Caleb sailed today! Looked like a fun wave, and definitely a spot to keep an eye on this Spring!

5 Comments:

At 4:50 AM, Blogger George Markopoulos said...

Nice Bill. How did the boom break?

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger George Markopoulos said...

Also, what was the scenario after u broke it? Where you very far off shore at jridge? Long walk?

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger Bill said...

hey George,

The break happened while I was directly upwind from the launch about 200 yards out into the sound. It was nice since I simply body dragged back to the beach with the sail flying using the intact side.

It broke near the head, and I was expecting it to go sometime soon as it was about 2yrs old, and starting to lose some of its rigidity.

Great timing though with the sound side break since the water was comfortably 60+ degrees, while in the ocean it remains below 50 degrees. An ocean side drag would have been cold!

Only downside is that now, I have to wait until my next trip to Avon to score a new one, and this morning its cranking NW here in Nags Head!

Oh well, I'm banking on the SSE forecast for Wed, as that direction is perfect for Coqunia Beach, and the excellent sand bars there this year. Perhaps if some of the crew come north, I can convince someone to pack a new boom, or if the Cove is the call, I can pick one up when I head south!

 
At 8:24 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Actually, I forgot the HOW in the previous comment. It broke while loading up for a jump/loop. Luckily I was out of the harness, and when it went, I simply let go of the rig. No damage to anything else other than the boom!

 
At 8:03 PM, Blogger Mac said...

That is a nice wave! What are conditions like there...any major current, shorepound, etc?

 

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