Loopliciously Loopy at the Washout, S Oregon Inlet
What a windy SW run of days to open the month of May on the OBX! Since May 1, it has been non-stop warm sunny SW every day!! I missed the weekend OBX wind to attend my buddy's wedding in WV. It was an awesome time, and congrats Jack and Andrea!! A few of the local crew called me while I was in WV, but I patiently awaited my return as the forecast remained solid, and today I was welcomed home to more SW action! I took an "extended lunch break" sesh at the Washout about 5 miles south of Oregon Inlet Bridge. The Washout is the first semi-paved parking area oceanside after crossing the south side of the bridge. Its a fun spot this year with two solid sandbars north and south of the launch, and a wide expanse of beach providing clean wind on the inside.
Today, the surf was small, but the wind swell was looplicious on the outside! I tried the GoPro deck mount, and caught some fun footage, including my first video captured one-handed FWD! Quite fun! I was solo at the Washout today. Conditions were juiced 4.7m (definitely could have been on the 4.2m), sunny skies, warm air, and surprisingly warm water! I wore a 4.3m fullsuit, but could have been in trunks as the water was well over 70 degrees! Beginning of May, heck this is June weather/water!! Hope it lasts, though some bigger surf would be cool?!
Here is the GoPro Wide video report:
If you have trouble viewing the video, see direct link.
GoPro Deck Mount Note: Be sure to use a downhaul line to secure the camera rig to your mast foot. The sticky pad did come off late in the sesh when I got slammed by a 40 mph gust! However, the line held and kept the camera from being lost to the ocean. Luckily too, since there was some cool footage in there! : )