Fun Coqunia Wave Sesh Yesterday!

Yesterday, there was a solid swell in the water and S wind turned on in the afternoon.  A key spot of interest was Coquina Beach.  Coquina is a rarely windsurfed beach as it is located just south of the Nags Head town line; however, the orientation of the island in the area provides excellent side-off conditions for due S wind.  Where it can be choppy/side-on south of Oregon Inlet, Coquina is perfectly groomed with long lines and solid conditions.  Yesterday, we had that combo and although the swell was fleeting, there were some fun head high sets between the periods of lake-like conditions for ease of getting out.

Pro Japanese wavesailor Kana Suzuki and her Dad joined me for the action at Coquina.  Wind speed had dipped; however with a floaty ride there was no problem getting into the lineup.  I rode the trusty Sealion Pro and caught a quick session as Kana’s Mom kept an eye on my two little dudes (BIG thx!) while they enjoyed some game time on the Android (earlier when I was scouting, they had a ton of fun playing among the dunes and beach at Coquina).  Kana and her Dad caught some great rides on some nice surf conditions, and I enjoyed a number of fun rides myself on the Lion.  All in all, a great session for a Sunday afternoon/early evening!

Here are a few Bambuser reports I shot while scouting.  If I was solo (no dudes), I would have been out there as soon as I saw the lineup!

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AWT Hatteras Wave Jam Scored!

Wow, what an event!  All divisions have been run and conditions were excellent for a Hatteras wavesailing competition!  Ranging classic Lighthouse for the Pros with mast+ set bombers and action captured in photos and video unseen before in Hatteras, to south side clean lines of chest+ set surf for all other divisions, Tuesday and Wed delivered the goods for awesome exposure of when it is on fire here on the islands.

Here is one of the most impressive run at lip I have ever seen in Hatteras! Go Boujma Guilloul on this epic shot!  Interestingly, coming off the lip, he was completely engulfed in whitewater where nothing but white was seen from the beach.  Then suddenly he appeared out ahead of the mountain of white with sail in hand and recovered.  He continued the ride into “no mans land” where he spent some time recovering; however, with this first hit, it was the most impressive perhaps seen in Hatteras!  Epic!

All in all, see the AWT web site for the latest news and final results for all divisions!  Killer event and stoked for all that make it out here to catch classic “on fire” Hatteras wavesailing conditions!  Also big shout out to Sam Bittner for leading the AWT again this year, and Andy McKinney at Wind-NC for supporting another excellent year as title sponsor for the tour stop!

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The AWT Hatteras Wave Jam Sept 21-26

Hatteras Wave Jam 2015 is on again this year as the top/only US East Coast windsurfing wave competition and Tour stop for the 2015 American Windsurfing Tour (AWT) The AWT is the premier US/International windsurfing tour featuring stops on the mainland US west/east coasts, Maui, Baja, and Peru.  Five years running, the AWT features the best national/international wavesailing talent at all levels of competition.  The AWT Hatteras Wave Jam is the pinnacle of US East Coast wavesailing action and is set to return again to Hatteras Island for our prime surf season in mid/late September!

From Tour Director Sam Bittner:

Hello Team Hatteras Wave Jam!
We are all looking forward to making the trip to beautiful Avon.  Invite your friends to come! The more the merrier :) This year we will be prepared to include SUP if the wind is light for part of the time so be sure to bring your boards. Windsurfing entry includes SUP entry but if anyone wants to only join SUP, the price is $ 50 for the week.  Contest will run – Saturday condition dependent.
Here is the week’s evening schedule:

Sunday, September20th: Wind-NC for opening/registration/check in: 6-8pm with beer and food.
Monday, September 21th: Open Night
Tuesday, September 22nd: Sunset SUP at Ocean Air with Cocktails
Wednesday, September 23rd: Pot Luck Dinner at AWT House in Avon. Address TBA.
Thursday, September 24th: Open night
Friday, September 25th: Closing party at Ocean Air with food, beer, prizes and awards.
Dreaming of wind and waves :)  

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More FUN Wave Sailing Conditions in Nags Head!

Not sure what is up this year, but we have been seeing a lot of SSE/S wind opportunities with strongest conditions north of Oregon Inlet.  I have been out near daily “in town” catching great surf and sail conditions at both Bladen and Enterprise Streets in Nags Head.  Many days were on the Sealion, but a few have been on the standard kit as well!
Yesterday was likely one of the best where a solid surf swell was hitting along with moderate S wind!  I was, as usual, solo on my standard windsurfing kit, though a few surfers were in the lineup enjoying the head+ set peaks and average waist+ action.  Warm water and lots of sun made it one of the best “in town” wavesailing days yet this year.

Though no sailing available in this clip, you can get a glimpse of the surf break and my surprise at seeing one of the bigger sets roll in as soon as I started filming the report!

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November Wave Action!

Yesterday, warm windy SSW blanketed the OBX providing fun sessions across the east facing beaches from Nags Head to Buxton.  I caught it at Conch St in Nags Head both on the Sealion and standard kit.  Fun waist+ conditions with some overhead peaks and gusty warm winds ranging 10 to 35 mph!  Water temps remained relatively mild at around 60 degrees with no booties or hood required.
I did have to swim the kit in as the wind completely dropped out in Nags Head following a squall burst of 30 mph wind… luckily, I was in the inside when all dropped out, so the swim was short.

Down south, the Avon wave crew caught it at Ramp 43.  From the pics Keith sent in, appears Rmp 43 was the prime spot to be for day!
   All in all, some FUN, warm OBX November wave sesh all around!
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AWT Hatteras Wave Jam is a Wrap!

What an awesome ride again this year!  The American Windsurfing Tour Hatteras Wave Jam experienced some really FUN conditions last week.  From a contest perspective it was a tough year as the wind and surf in general was just below par; however, throughout each day of the contest window, pulses of wind/waves aligned allowing all heats across all classes to run and score.  Overall, it was a great success and special thanks to Sam Bittner, Chris Freeman, and Andy McKinney who led the Tour Stop and really made it happen!

Also of course, special thanks to Kevin Pritchard who put together this excellent experience video of the event!

See more photos, reports, and contest results at the AWT Web Site.
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First Day of AWT Hatteras Wave Jam Action!

The first windsurfing day for the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam began Wed, Sept 17.  Incoming swell from Hurricane Edouard arrived mid day and provided a fun set swell wave for the southern facing beaches.  Winds were light/moderate, and though conditions were not consistent enough to run heats for the event, a successful morning Expression Session occurred during a short burst of 4.7m wind filled at Izzy’s.  The Expression Session lasted about 40 minutes and all who where there enjoyed a fun time of wave rides and ramps.  Kevin Pritchard scored the session trophy (champaign) sticking his signature one footed back loop.

Following the Expression Session, winds died off at Izzy’s and the swell remained marginal.  Pro heats were on standby and Amateur heats were called off for the day.  Many of the crew headed to Rmp 49 where the orientation of the island groomed the surf via side off wind conditions and the bars were nicely set for outside long line crumblers and inside fast barrels!  Wind was marginal, but it was enough to get out between the sets and puffs of strong wind had many on full plane throughout the afternoon.

All in all, a really fun session at Rmp 49 and great practice for the upcoming Amateur heats later this week (likely Friday?!).

Here is a shot of Keith McCulloch on a nice outside wave at Rmp 49 yesterday!

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Outer Beaches Realty and Hatteras Wave Jam 2014

Planning to visit the OBX during the week of the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2014?! 

Well as an added incentive, Outer Beaches Realty is offering a 10% discount off rental housing during the week of the event!  Likely could cover the fuel costs for the ride down (at least in a standard sized vehicle)!

images: Outer Beaches Realty
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