Earlier this year the Beaches Town Center planted a trio of stately palms to occupy a prime piece of real estate: the grassy knoll where Atlantic and Neptune Beaches meet, the literal last stop before Atlantic Boulevard becomes the beach.
It’s such a focal point that I once mused here whether the site deserved a piece of public art, like the sculpture that seems (to me) buried at the 5-way stop. But for all these years that grassy mound only ever housed the Beaches Town Center Christmas tree. Magnificent and festive, that fresh evergreen that sat majestically at the center of town, to the delight of most people paying homage to Christmas.
The other 11 months of the year, however, simply nothing was in that space. So I think we can all concur that these palms are lovely to look at year-round.
But are there darker forces at play here? Several have argued that the landscape improvements seen throughout the Beaches Town Center was the good excuse needed to finally move the Christmas tree to a low key location. That the improvements project was merely the vehicle to do it.
The three new palms were festooned with lights, and this new Christmas look debuted as the holiday season commenced. And while most were complimentary, some folks were, well, some were shocked by the loss/relocation of the Christmas tree, and took to social media to work through their complicated feelings on the matter.
So, the town tree, which does appear decidedly diminished by its new locale, can be glimpsed outside the police and fire station at the 5-way stop. And tonight, those trio of palms are standing inexplicably unlit at the edge of Atlantic Boulevard, feeling quite the outcasts.
Yesterday, decided to try out some exposure on the Abalone Surfline Cam by rigging up the Sealion for a few waves on the remaining surf from this week’s monsoon weather. Here is a short clip of a Surfline Rewind which features a little hit/float in conditions yesterday. Nothing extraordinary, but fun test of some surfline exposure in the surf on the Sealion. Now if we find a day with some more sizable action, could be interesting?!
This past weekend saw a nice swell hit the southside from Frisco, westward. Billy Mitchell, Izzy’s (now named “Sandy Bay?”) were the focused spots. Hatteras Inlet was scoped, but there were no outside bars found throughout the spit. Thus, Rmp 49, Frisco Bathouse, and Izzy’s had the best lineup.
Below is a shot from Saturday at Rmp 49 captured on my wife’s IPhone. Kudos to her, her sister, and our little dudes for weathering the stinging sand while I was out catching a few waves. With 25+mph gusts on the beach, not the most pleasant conditions for enjoying time on the sand.
Here is interesting shot from the very end of Hatteras Inlet spit where basically the sand road “ends.”
We saw it coming from last week. A swell forecast to kick in Thursday accompanied with moderate to strong SSW wind. This combo sets up a very clean wave at Coquina Beach for excellent wavesailing conditions! Yesterday, the forecast rung true and I was there to catch it.
I cut out of work a few hours early to make the session and when I rolled into Coquina and eyed the break from the dune line, well this was the playground I saw.
A fun, easy lineup with long rights and solid peaks! I was rigged quickly on the 92 Quatro Twin and Mutant 5.1. The first wave I had was quite nice with a hit at the peak and floater aerial to open the session. From there, it was wave after wave, and though the wind was fairly light, it was manageable, though I was into the conveyor belt of beach walks to stay in the area of the break as it was difficult to stay upwind. No worries though, simply ride a few, come into the beach, walk upwind and relaunch. As seen in the photo, the shorebreak at this section of beach was minimal and it was quite easy to get out. Water was perfect with clean, warm, trunks only conditions and hanging out in the zone to await a passing set, if I was down, was actually quite enjoyable.
All in all an awesome Thursday afternoon/early evening session on the standard kit! Bill’s OBX Beach Life
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?! Bill’s OBX Beach Life
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:
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!
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!