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?!
Bill’s OBX Beach Life
A new AHD addition for 2016 is the introduction of the Sealion Wings. The Wings is a similar shape to the Pro model though with a further thinned rail line, reworked tail bottom and a bit more nose scoop. Though a key element of the Wings is the foil insert for flying over the water. Similar to past Sealion models, the Wings simply adds more aggressive capability to the light air wavesailing opportunities which equates to FUN on the water. I recently caught a near epic Fathers Day sesh down at Ramp 55 near the Hatteras Ferry Docks with low to mid teen range wind, sunny skies and long period head+ set wave super long line surf! The Wings was in its element and provided many epic wave ride scores throughout the session!
Yesterday, I had the Wings out for International Surfing Day in Nags Head. Excellent and fun surfing conditions with no/minimal offshore wind. I prone surfed the Wings on this sesh, and again the board scored well for some fun long and aggressive rides!
Next will be foil flying and I calmly await arrival of the foil for future summer ocean side flights when the surf is down but the wind/weather is ideal for flying above the water!
|Sealion Wings in action at Rmp 55 for Father’s Day!|
|Bottom turn on the Wings and lining up!|
|Prone surfing the Wings on International Surfing Day|
|The foil box for the Sealion Wings – coming soon!|
What a weekend forecast! Looks like something is coming in strong and hard and we should have lasting effects though most of next week. Amazing how the surf is forecast to go from completely flat to near 10ft overnight! We shall see…
|WindGuru forecast map as of June 16, 2016|
We shall see how it plays out, but I am most interested if that forecast for the SW turn holds next week?! Of course, perhaps a weekend southside run may be on the cards if there is some solid wrap?! All in all, looks to be a nice week of wind and waves in the forecast.
Bill’s OBX Beach Life
|2016 Atlantic Storms thus far source: Wikipedia|
Bonnie last week, Colin this week…. Alex back in January, we have had quite early tropical activity in the Atlantic this year. Bonnie last week dumped copious amounts of rain on the OBX flooding much of Rt12 in the Tri Village (Rodanthe/Waves/Salvo), sections of the road on Pea Island, and central Avon. With Colin’s rain scheduled to come in next, looks like we will not be drying out anytime soon.
Usually with tropical systems in the area, we are amped for the wind/wavesailing potential. However, these two storms are primarily rain makers with minimal surf and inconsistent winds among the rain bands. Nothing to get too excited about.
Yesterday (Sunday, June 5) we had some fun SSW wind across the islands with sunny skies and small surf. A fun sesh “between storms!” I caught it at Coqunia Beach which has some really nice outside sandbars this year; however, unfortunately without a solid swell period, the surf is pretty weak. If only these named storms were 300 miles off Hatteras rather than spawning off FL and riding up from the south along the coast! Oh well, we are early in the season and with the forecast La Nina this summer, perhaps we will see some more action in the Atlantic to spice up the surf conditions along the OBX?! I remember 2005 as the year we had 28 named storms and near chest+ surf daily all summer. Unfortunately that was also the year of Katrina, however, for summer-time OBX surf, we can only rely on named storms to provide the engine for the swell. Lets hope for a year of named storms which remain well off the US mainland and simply run “The Slot” between Hatteras and Bermuda!
Bill’s OBX Beach Life
My brother and family came to visit over Memorial Day weekend. The kids had an absolute blast!
Check out the Sealion Pro for sale!
This rare light air wave ride guarantees FUN summer time surf sessions with a sail in hand! The Pro model offers a more aggressive ride over the Sealion Classic with a thinner rail line and 115 ltr of volume. The board is an excellent choice for those looking to ride the surf of summer and always have that “insurance” option loaded for those weekend Hatteras runs or simply a window of time to catch a few waves!
$ 890 – contact for details!
Check out the latest edition of the Coast OBX local print paper. The May edition features a headline story on windsurfing and an great cover shot of Keith M catching a south side line! Inside features the story along with some additional images!
|Cover Coast OBX 2016 May Edition|