Perfect OBX Labor Day Weekend – Sun, Small Surf, and Some Wind!

If you were here on vacation or simply made it out to the beach, it was a perfect long weekend for time on the sand and in the surf.  Conditions were small, but fun with a solid waist high wave on the main bars breaking across all tides at choice spots.  Southerly winds ramped up each afternoon providing fun side to side-off conditions for WindSUP action in the surf zone.

I caught it each afternoon on the Sealion, and the spot of choice was Loggerhead St in Nags Head where a nice outside sandbar produced breaking surf at all tides.  It did get quite shallow at low tide, even for the short Sealion fins, but it was not much of a problem.  Water temps were perfect for trunks only.  Only catch was the number of people in the water within the surf zone swimming, surfing, SUPing, and boogie boarding.  No worries though as all are out to have a good time, and with myself the only one holding a sail in hand, I simply had to keep a keen eye where people were and judge a given DTL run accordingly.  I had to pass on a few waves due to folks in the zone/path, but that was ok.  I enjoyed seeing many out having a FUN time and enjoying likely their last tastes of summer.
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beach cottage mason jar, some stickers and chalkboard paint

  G’day my friends from all regions out there near and far.  G’day to those of you knee deep in snow in the Old Country – are any of you here reading this blog from all the way Down Under??? If so, I am assuming you are not wanting to hear that in the Lucky [...]
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a table, some chicken & flowers

Sponsored Post Inglewood Farms Morning Beach Cottage ladies. I have a lovely recipe for you today, it’s easy, tasty and follows the Beach Cottage rule of throw it together with simple ingredients – but looks like you did oh-so much more than that, just the way I like it. This is comfort food at its [...]
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Some sea air before school, that’d be the way

G’day!  How are you all?  No rambles today from me, though I must say I could go on and on and on about lovely Australian beaches…I think you already gathered I like those quite a bit. When we booked our holiday to Bali, people told me I would love the beaches and love the photo [...]
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Big Swell from Leslie Arrived for Some FUN Light Air Wavesailing!

We need a bigger lens!

H Leslie’s SE swell arrived yesterday creating large outside set waves.  The conditions were perfect for light air wavesailing with big gentle rides on the outside.  Ralph, Keith, and I caught it in Nags Head at Conch St across from Brew Thru Jr near Jockey’s Ridge.  The setup had the best surf conditions on the islands with super clean “Disneyland” style surf!

The inside was tough with moderate current near zero apparent wind inside, but with some timing and a little luck, you could sneak out between the sets.

Today, we expect a repeat of yesterday with hopefully more wind.  If we can top 20mph+ from the SSW at Coquina Beach, it could be really epic/world class Maui-time wavesailing on the OBX!

stay tuned!

Here are some shots from yesterday.  As Keith noted, a bigger lens is needed to catch those outside rides! (Photos: Sam F shooting with Keith’s camera)

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Your Missing Out on Some Real FUN!

Yesterday, leftover swell from the recent string of NE wind remained on the east facing beaches providing some really fun summer time surf!  The standard surfing crew had it in the morning when the swell was up and the tide was pushing near low with very light offshore W wind.  By late afternoon, the wind switched SSE and increased to perfect “Light Air Wavesailing” strength hovering around 10 to 15 mph!  I signed off work a little early and headed out to Enterprise St in Nags Head.  Solid waist+ set waves were breaking nicely on the outer bar and though the tide was a little high and the surf was mushy, on the SeaLion it really did not matter.  The beauty of light air waveriding, even if mushy, if it has a little size, it can still work quite nicely!

I sailed for about an hour or two catching wave after wave as the beach goers looked on and a few surfers were in the lineup just south of my break.  However, looking up and down the shoreline from Jennette’s to Nags Head Fishing Piers, there were NO OTHER light air wavesailors out!?!  Perfectly FUN, EASY, summertime relaxing action, and not a soul out there with a light air board and sail in hand.  I know this is a relatively new windsurfing discipline and I try to promote as much as possible the pure fun of this experience, but we really need more folks joining this bandwagon.  There was a “heyday” of soundside windsurfing in Nags Head when Windmill Point was the spot many years ago and the sound water was filled with windsurfers just off the marshy beach at the old Kitty Hawk Sports shack.  However, now that lot is empty, few windsurfers can be found in Nags Head, and summer time sound side water quality is less than desirable to step into.

However, ocean-side, the water is clear, clean, refreshing, and the fun summertime surf is quite rewarding to simply frolic in!  Regular summer SSE seabreezes provide excellent direction for the island orientation off Nags Head as compared to other points south which are more onshore, and the multi-million dollar beach nourishment project last year has provided wider beaches for cleaner wind and nice offshore sandbars for the surf break.  

Wow, for those here who are not yet Light Air Wavesailing, boy you are missing out!

Interested in Light Air Wavesailing in Nags Head, contact me via SeaLion Rep box in upper left corner of this blog, or join the OBX Beach Life forum to find out where/when the latest session is happening!

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