A Long Cold OBX Winter, However...

It has been a long time since my previous blog post.  There simply has not been much action here except for cold weather and colder water.  We are far below the "100 Rule" and have been since basically mid-Dec, 2010.  There have been a few forecasts where air temps were predicted to crack 60 degrees; however, with the near freezing water temperatures surrounding the islands, a cold fog usually persists and any "warmth" is stamped out by the cold water.  All in all, this is the coldest winter I have experienced on the OBX given my nearly 20 yrs here.

While the windsurfing gear remains cold and dry, I have moved into a new home office!  The office was completed in early January and has a killer view of the Nags Head Woods Nature Preserve.  Working from home has never been better and now with the new office, its great to have a nice view along with enjoyable work and sometimes play space.

Here are a few photos from the new office.  Note, it remains a work in progress as for setup, but basically the important stuff is there!

In windsurfing news, the American Windsurfing Tour kicks off May 5, 2011!! All said, that is not too far off, especially for those arranging travel plans to participate or spectate the Tour.  The first stop is the Santa Cruz Classic, May 5th - 8th at famed Waddell Creek, south of San Francisco, CA.  The stop will draw some of the best national and international wavesailors and should be quite an event!  The American Windsurfing Tour will be the windsurfing US national highlight of 2011, and of course stay tuned for the North Carolina stop, Hatteras Wave Jam 2011, Sept 14th - 17!


At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Bill, maybe colder earlier, but i think you're forgetting the year the sounds froze over not so long in the past! Hope it warms up by first week of april.

At 11:06 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Yea, that was a cold year too; however, the difference is the length of time for the cold to remain in place. The year the sounds froze was a relatively short period lasting at most a few weeks.

This year, we have had ice on the sound for quite some time, especially along the shorelines.

Definitely any warmth from the Gulf Stream has remained at bay.

Luckily, today though it feels like "summer" out there with low 50 degree air temps!

At 2:53 PM, Blogger PeconicPuffin said...

It's been a crazy cold winter so far! Up here with the lunatic fringe (we'll take the "rule of 100" into the very high 60's) I've only caught one session all month (apparently I missed a SUP day though). It was 7 degrees a few days ago by the water. 7. Just ridiculous.

Ran into a friend who has relatives in Salvo, who told me you guys were getting uncharacteristic snow.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Yea, check out this post on the Island Free Press featuring rare blizzard snow on Hatteras Island and Ocracoke!

Hopefully, we will see an early Spring here, or perhaps the Windsurfing Mag Board Tests Live event in late March will include deicing of the new boards they will have on tap! : )

At 10:33 AM, Blogger George Markopoulos said...

Hey, its almost Feb, and to me that means in a few short weeks, it’ll be march. I can see the light


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