Over the past week, the predominant OBX weather pattern has been SSE/S wind and a decent sized swell in the water ranging waist+ throughout most of the period. I have been catching daily “extended lunch break” sessions at Bladen St in town where a decent outside sandbar currently exists. Conch St has not been working as well as past years, thus focus has shifted to Bladen as well as Enterprise. Both of these spots primarily work on SSE or S, as SSW will be very sheltered. However, on the SeaLion, this is not a problem. There have been a few days where the standard kit did work, and I was even able to pop a few rare “in-town loops” off an approaching swell; however, most of the sessions have been SeaLion only.
The surf over the past week has been quite fun with a peak this past Sunday. Unfortunately, during the peak, SE winds were minimal even for the SeaLion, and the water was unseasonably cold (low 50s). I did catch a late session Sunday following the tide switch that brought in warmer water, but it was only a few waves, though fun in size and power…, of course, trunks only!
All in all, there has been plenty of in town action given all these days of SSE/S wind with strongest conditions north of O Inlet. Hopefully, things turn on down South and we see a “classic” Bermuda High lock into place with strong SSW winds daily! Of course, I have to juggle the time to get down south of the bridge, but at least I have been able to catch some fun stuff up in town lately!
Bill’s OBX Beach Life