Learned from Hatteras Wave Jam and the 2008 Fests!

I had a recent conversation with Ken K noting the spread of Atlantic side wavesailing stoke since the birth of the Hatteras Windsurfing Festival Series in 2008 and the Fests/Jams over the past two years. Ken has been an active participant in every event, and he noted how his ocean side skills have vastly improved since participating. Its awesome to hear and see sailors, especially on the US East Coast, challenge the Atlantic and graduate from the calm of the sound, lake, or bay side to the "3-D" experience found in the ocean. George M's recent post on Live2Sail highlights the spread and contagious nature of the ocean-side stoke/skills he acquired in Hatteras to local sailors in his area who had their first experience in the Atlantic courtesy of their local wave ambassador, George!

The Wave Jam Summer Edition held in mid-July additionally hosted two new Atlantic side sailors, and it was great to see them out in the ocean for the first time viewing of the beach from the outside. Ralph M from Triad Windsurfing and Kayaking noted, "$20 is a bargain for the experience of sailing with pros and the other stuff!...I didn't think I was ready for the ocean but George, Ken and Andy talked me into trying it Friday. Peer pressure is a mother!
I'm glad I did. It was one of my goals for 2009.
Congrats Ralph for achieving one of 2009 windsurfing goals! Glad we could help!

Special thanks also goes out to our local Hatteras Atlantic-side Ambassadors, Andy McKinney, Keith McCulloch, Stewart Proctor, and Jim Myers along with the local supporting shops, Sailworld Hatteras, Avon Sailhouse, and OceanAir Sports! You all are awesome, and its great to have the local support to help push our visiting sailors to take their windsurfing to the next level!

As we approach the Fall Tropical Edition of the 2009 Hatteras Wave Jam, the window has been scheduled for the next event! Fingers are crossed for another successful call for wind and waves! Last year Wave Fest 2008 scored with nearly 10 days of NE action and experienced awesome fall Hatteras wavesailing conditions!

If you are interested in graduating from the sound side waters to the Atlantic, be sure to join us for the Fall Edition! Set your vacation schedule and book your off-season lodging now, tune up the gear, and get ready! I know, I am looking forward to it!!


At 7:09 PM, Blogger George Markopoulos said...

well said.

you know i have a date with a logo high wave at the cove this fall right?!

At 7:18 PM, Blogger Bill said...

Definitely George! You are ready, and now we only need the tropical visitor?!

Hey, TS "OBX" Bill is out there now...wonder where he will go?! : )

At 8:56 AM, Anonymous Janis Markopoulos said...

George and I are excited to see others encouraged to cross over from the bay to the ocean. It's all about stepping out in faith and challenging one's self to take the next step, whatever that step may be for each person. It's also about lifting each other up to success.

With new Assateague sailors, we'll be having OBX beach cookouts up here on Assateague now. I challenge Andy, Bob, Niko, Dave Coyle and Ken to participate in the HWFS Hatteras Wave Jam Fall Tropical Wave Edition. It has been scheduled and George and I will be there! If you want good action shots, this is the place to be and I promise, I'll get some good shots of you. No excuses!

The event window is planned for September 25-27 and includes:
- Jam Clinic - Wavesailing 101, hosted by Sailworld Cape Hatteras' Andy McKinney (Friday, Sept 25, 7:00pm)
- 2nd annual Beast of the East Wave FaceOff - competitive event, location TBD (date window: Sept 25 - 27)

We'll see you there!

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Andy said...

That's what it's all about!! Sweeeeet.... Let's spread some more stoke!

At 8:12 AM, Blogger PeconicPuffin said...

Hey shouldn't you be posting about Hurricane BILL?


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