Top Short List OBX Surf Breaks Summer 2016

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

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Off to an Early Start!

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