Surfline Abalone Street Cam and a Little Hit on the Sealion

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?!

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A New Year, A New Sealion. Introducing the 8’3″

AHD has introduced a new SeaLion to its lineup called the 8’3.”  This new lion has been coined the “pro” version of the XL offering a thinner rail line and slightly wider shape.  From experience on the Pro, the thinner rail definitely helps with better control on the wave by reducing the bounce and offering a looser more responsive feel in the water.  The 8’3″ will likely work well for those riders interested in the XL yet may want something a little more aggressive for activity in the surf or even Classic riders looking for something extra yet loose. 

Here in Hatteras, this model should work quite well for summer conditions during our light air side-off days with small to moderate surf size.  May work well in bigger stuff too?!

All in all, its great to see more choice for the SeaLion fleet and I know that I am looking forward to another excellent Hatteras summer season of waves and light wind, catching it on the Sealion.  For me, its the Pro!

In local windsurfing news, its been relatively mild here and there has been plenty of winter wave action southside from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse to Hatteras Village.  Rt 12 at Mirlo is now open and access south is good to go!  Forecast right now looks like “balmy” winter warmth with mid-60 degree air temps though the foreseeable future!  I have not been on the water for quite some time, but likely the Sealion will be reintroduced for 2013 to the Atlantic off Nags Head over the coming days.  A little S wind to fill the sail, and I will be good to go!  Down south, Wind-NC Andy has been hitting it regularly along with some of the local kite crew who did not jet off to some tropical destination.
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Killer Gear for Sale including Standard Sealion!

Interested in the AHD SeaLion?!  I have a used one for sale!  The model for sale is the 2011 Standard Sealion (yellow) and is available for pickup in Nags Head.
Price:  $ 850.00

 I also have a 2011 MauiSails Legend 4.5m, excellent condition.
Price:  $ 250.00

Additionally, 1999 Drops 8’8″ GOT wave stick, excellent condition.  Includes foil board bag.
Price:  $ 100.00

Finally, 2000 Simmer Wave Comp 5.6m
Price: $ 75

Special Deal:  Pick up the SeaLion and Legend (total:  $ 1100.00), and take home the Drops GOT FREE!

contact me if interested in any of the above sale items!

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Introducing the SeaLion PRO to Hatteras!

Yesterday I introduced the 2012 SeaLion PRO to Hatteras with a fun small surf session at Cape Point near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.  Surf was quite small and short period which did not really offer optimal conditions to test the Pro’s surfability, but I did notice a definite difference from the Standard in that the Pro felt quite loose yet responsive, and is a definite step even closer to standard wavesailing characteristics on a light air board.  The Pro has the exact same outline as the Standard however, volume is shaved from the overall rail thickness bringing it down to 115 ltrs.  Weight is also reduced from the Standard which helps improve its responsiveness in the water.  The Pro also comes stock with a smaller fin set at 16cm vs 18cm for the Standard.

Overall, at my weight 155lbs, the Pro is the right choice for my true wave riding need in 5 to 18 mph wind.  I am able to uphaul the board with no problems and stability is spot on for what I require while light air wavesailing in tune with the surf zone and inside.  Upwind ability was excellent even in 5 mph wind.

Fortunately, we should have building surf though the week as TS Florence churns closer to the US East Coast.  If the winds remain light, I will definitely be ready to take the Pro into the tropical induced surf zone!

Interested in the SeaLion?!  I have SeaLions available for demo/rental as well as a new 2012 Standard SeaLion for sale.  Price on the new 2012 Standard is $ 1195 with pickup in Nags HeadContact me if interested in either the 2012 Standard purchase or a rental/demo available.

Welcome late summer/early fall as the tropical season begins!  Cheers to long period swell and surf generators which remain well offshore with no direct impacts.

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