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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Days of SSE Winds and a Decent Swell Serve Up Fun In Nags Head!

Over the past week, the predominant OBX weather pattern has been SSE/S wind and a decent sized swell in the water ranging waist+ throughout most of the period.  I have been catching daily “extended lunch break” sessions at Bladen St in town where a decent outside sandbar currently exists.  Conch St has not been working as well as past years, thus focus has shifted to Bladen as well as Enterprise.  Both of these spots primarily work on SSE or S, as SSW will be very sheltered.  However, on the SeaLion, this is not a problem.  There have been a few days where the standard kit did work, and I was even able to pop a few rare “in-town loops” off an approaching swell; however, most of the sessions have been SeaLion only.

The surf over the past week has been quite fun with a peak this past Sunday.  Unfortunately, during the peak, SE winds were minimal even for the SeaLion, and the water was unseasonably cold (low 50s).  I did catch a late session Sunday following the tide switch that brought in warmer water, but it was only a few waves, though fun in size and power…, of course, trunks only!

All in all, there has been plenty of in town action given all these days of SSE/S wind with strongest conditions north of O Inlet.  Hopefully, things turn on down South and we see a “classic” Bermuda High lock into place with strong SSW winds daily!  Of course, I have to juggle the time to get down south of the bridge, but at least I have been able to catch some fun stuff up in town lately!
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Southside Wrap Plus Christobal Swell Equals BIG!

Wow, the south side has been firing over the past few days courtesy of the NE wind wrap coupled with incoming SE swell from Hurricane Christobal!  If the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam was this week…. Hatteras would be right up there with conditions similar to San Carlos and/or Peru!

Keith sent in these photo galleries from the past few days.  Quite impressive conditions and classic big wave Hatteras!

August 27, Hatteras Inlet Firetower
sailors: Keith M, Ride Hatteras Charlie (photos: Martine M)
August 26, Izzys between Frisco and Hatteras Village
sailors: Keith M, Ken A (photos: Keith/Ken)
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What a Finale to the Leslie Swell and Week of S Wind!

Saturday was the final icing on an extremely tasty cake of wave sailing FUN last week as H/TS Leslie pitched long period SE swell to our beaches.  SSW wind on Saturday ramped into the mid/upper 20s mph and provided perfect Hatteras world class wavesailing conditions!  The magic spot was at the Washout located 2 miles south of Oregon Inlet.  Most of the local wave crew was there along with a number of visiting sailors here early for the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam.  What a final primer for the event and the best wave sesh yet this year!

Here are a few select photos:
photographer:  Keith McCulloch

Additionally, Sam F sent in this sweet onboard pic SUPing the SeaLion at the Cove Sunday, Sept 9!

Also, the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam STARTS this week!!
Wind forecast is moderate, and surf should be quite FUN!  NE/ENE will be the wind direction so event will happen at Ramp 55 at the Hatteras Ferry Docks.

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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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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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