Nice Swell at Coquina Beach Yesterday!

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! 
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Two Days at Coquina

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?! 
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Day Two Leslie Big Swell Action at Coquina Beach!

Day two of BIG H Leslie swell served up some nice set rides, this time at Coquina Beach just south of Nags Head.  The surf was a notch smaller than the day before, yet the set waves still provided nice overhead conditions in the zone.  SSW winds peaked into the mid-20s mph range offering a chance to take out the standard kits to ride in the surf!  Keith, Ralph, Sam, Ian, and I along with a another young visiting sailor who I did not catch his name, sailed Coquina in conditions a notch down from the legendary H Bill sesh of 2009.  It was quite good at Coquina yesterday, but as winds dropped though late afternoon and shifted true SW, it become more difficult to stay on the wave with the light air kits.  There were also some challenging middle bar closeouts that threw up the denial sign a few times for those in the wrong spot at the wrong time attempting to make it out.

Overall though, it was quite a fun session and one of the top wave riding days of the year!
Some select photos:

here is the slide show!
(photos:  Keith McCulloch)

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