ORV Beach Driving Regulations (UPDATED)

Our ORVs out on the Beach at OcracokeCharles L submitted some information regarding proposed off-road vehicle (ORV) Regulations that are beginning the Negotiated Rulemaking policy dictated by the National Park Service (NPS). This is an important issue for continued future beach driving access privileges. We in the Hatteras windsurfing/wavesailing community are especially keen given that many spots are only accessible via 4WD vehicles. Access to prime wave breaks, our gear, and this time of year, warmth of a vehicle is quite important.
See the following NPS online workbook (note post comment from BOBXNC for how to download and open the file) for detail regarding options and submitting your input on the issue.

UPDATE (01/05/2008):
Additional information can be found at the following links provided by an informed post commenter:
- Red Drum Fishing Forum
- OBX Connection Forum
- Hatteras Island Fishing Militia Forum
- Outer Banks Preservation Association
- National Park Service Planning

A New Year and Some Sailing!

kiteboarders were loving it on New Years Day!News Year Day, warm air and moderate winds visited the OBX. We were expecting stronger conditions; however, the winds remained on the lighter side. I decided to forgo chasing wind down in Hatteras; and risking a day of road sailing for a short session, soundside, at Jockey's Ridge. There were many kiteboarders in town who enjoyed conditions along with Chip (from NY) and I. the beach at Jockey's Ridge New Years DayWith my 5.3m rigged and an 88ltr board I was able to plane most of the time while on the water in the 15 to 23 mph west wind. Without booties though, it felt best on plane since the water was quite cold. All in all though, not too bad for January 1, 2008!

The past two days have been very windy from the NW; however, with snow flakes falling, we are well below the 100 Rule! Though, I believe that a few of the crew did mention a session at Canadian Hole?!

Hopefully something windy and warm will be in the forecast soon (though with my luck, I will probably be out of town)?!