2018-05-21

Two Days at Coquina

This past weekend saw a double header at Coquina Beach south of Nags Head.  Strong S/SSW wind on tap provided fun wavesailing conditions complemented by a little swell in town.  Surf Saturday ranged waist to head, while Sunday was smaller in the waist to chest average.  The tide lined up well with afternoon sessions each day providing waves on the mid/outer sandbar.

I was solo both days, but there were plenty of weekend beachgoers to watch the show.  Always enjoy when I come in after the session, and folks note how "awesome" the action was, how they never saw anything like it, and "...how much does that "kiteboard" cost?."  :)

All in all, a fun two days, perfect for my "green" condition, given I have not been wavesailing at the frequency of past years!  Though two more entries for the May calendar..., hopefully the next session will not be too far off...just need another swell complemented with the S/SSW wind?! 

2018-05-17

Check Out the Right Sidebar Links!

Yesterday, as a return visit to the blog, I did some gardening of links and other info to clean up and also add a few new additions.  Key is that I myself, when first started the blog, wanted one web site I could visit to get the latest/current info on OBX surf and wind conditions including live video.

The right sidebar found here has two key sections for that info:
  • Weather Links
  • OBX Web Cams
These two sections are where I visit every morning to gauge the day and upcoming forecast for the likelihood of trying for an extended lunch break or cash in of some "honey chips" (married visitors know what I am talking about).  Also, on the left side, the Jeannette's Pier live wind widget is key for that quick look at what it is blowing now in Nags Head (only free IWindsurf wind gauge on OBX for all to see).  

In the live web cam section, the Surfline Abalone St cam is excellent for a view of what conditions are like in Nags Head near the new Bonnet St bath house, and the Avon HD cam is my favorite for a look at Askins Creek on south side of Avon.  Looks like a nice surf break there too this year!

Finally, for a trip down memory lane, check out the Blog Posts Calendar!  Posts as far back as 2006 tell a story of this little period of OBX windsurfing history spanning 10+ years!  Note, some of the photo and video content may be missing due to changes in hosts over the years, but much also remains intact.

Well, back to the office... at least until the late morning revisit to check conditions from links found here!     

2018-05-16

Been a Long Time....!

Well, its been quite a long time since my last post. Family life has impacted my free windsurfing time considerably, and those "old" days of dropping all to make the run to Avon have been gone for a while. Fortunately though, with SeaLion Wings and a foil, I have been able to enjoy quite a few fun sessions in town (Nags Head) during the warm water days of summer when the ocean is flat. Of course, when there is surf, the Wings shines too with plenty of wave action in town!

I caught a fun Ego Beach sesh back in Feb where it was 3/2 fullsuit but no cap/booties (warm SW wind and surprisingly warm water)!  Recently, have been able to hit JRidge for a few 4.6m and down sessions this Spring!  Fun times to hop over for a quick sesh during the "extended" lunch break, or prior to the evening little league baseball practices/games.

Hopeful for some future runs to Avon or rather the ramps between Salvo and Avon for a few afternoon sessions.  Not sure what the breaks are like down there, but will try to make a recon run soon.

Also, if you have noted, I added a live YouTube video feed in the upper left of the blog.  This replaces the old Bambuser version, as Bambuser has retired from live video streaming.  The YouTube option works quite well though, just need to get out for some upcoming reports!

All in all, stay tuned!

2016-08-15

Summer Mast Top Ride at the Hole

Keith M put up this video featuring some mast-top view summer action at the Canadian Hole (Haulover Beach)! Nice!

2016-07-04

Top Short List OBX Surf Breaks Summer 2016

Happy 4th July!

The OBX summer months are prime for fun surf and friendly conditions for all age/skill ranges.  As the shoreline is all sand, our best breaks vary year to year, and when the ocean is quite active, even week to week.  Though during the summer months, the surf is usually tame and consistent with established sandbars found across the islands providing the best spots for a little wave break outside and incoming whitewater lines.  This year's standout, at least in town, is a range of bars north of the Nags Head Fishing Pier.  A key real-time view of the break is on Surfline's Abalone Street surf cam.  The cam looks south to the Nags Head pier, and even an untrained eye can spot the area where the best surf is breaking.  I am sure there are other hot spots on the OBX this summer, but this area which is covered by the surf cam is quite a nice area for breaking surf when all other areas are too deep/flat for a ride.  Bonus too is the area is covered by real time cam for checking anytime during the day!

If you know of any other good spots this year on the OBX, post on the comments.  I am curious if there are any good sandbars at the ramps between Waves and Avon?!