Best Wavesailing in Months at Rmp 38, Avon!

Wow, we scored yesterday with some excellent wave sailing conditions at Rmp 38 just south of Avon!  Warm water, chest/head+ outside lined up wrap surf, sunny skies, and winds averaging 25+ mph set up for one of the best days so far this year!  Only a few of us caught it, and was a great call for myself as a planned afternoon off work to trek down to Avon for the score!  Riding the 4.5m Maui Sails Mutant and 75ltr Quatro Quad LS provided rock star performance in the surf zone!  I am new to the Mutant, but found its handling superb with effortless control, excellent low end, and an extremely balanced feel while sailing.  Combined with the 75 Quad LS, it simply excelled in the surf zone!  FUN time!

Keith, Andy, and I were the local crew on hand, while Bertrice and Ace visiting the summer “secret season” were out as well enjoying the excellent conditions.  Ken  and the kite crew (Chris and Brian), also came down from upwind to end at Rmp 38.

All in all, an excellent, memorable session of wavesailing fun!  Now, we need a steady two weeks of similar conditions to lead up to the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam coming in Sept!

If anything, I need the practice!?!

Not sure if there are any photos out there from the sesh yesterday.  We were all sailing, and I do not think anyone was shooting.  However, if something surfaces, will update!

Ah, and if you were ever wondering about the 4th of July (or this year, 5th), see this unique perspective of the fireworks display in Nags Head at the Fishing Pier!  I remember seeing the drones flying during the show and thinking there would be some killer footage there!  These guys captured it!

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Wavesailing Frisco Pier

Famed for an epic lineup, the Frisco Pier is a regular namesake within the Hatteras surf scene. In recent years the Pier has become simply a crumbling collection of pier pilings and hanging timber due to the ravage of the Atlantic; however, the south/west side of the pier is hosting an excellent outside sandbar featuring long lefts and smooth rides. The past two weeks of near constant NE wind has set the NE swell wrap in place offering likely the best surf break on the south side. Coupled with the strong NE wind and a takeoff well out near the end of the faltering pier, the wavesailing offering has been excellent!
 
I was able to make it down on Saturday for a fun session riding 4.5m and the Quatro 92 Twin. Excellent combo and plenty for the conditions. Keith, Rick, and Casey were there to catch some of the fun set wave surf. Friday also featured an excellent setup at the Pier and the crew was on it. I missed that day due to work commitments, and likely today was good down there as again NE was on tap. All in all, with a launch at the Frisco Bath House and an easy upwind beat to the takeoff spot, there were some killer rides set up from just off the pier southwest to the bath house. Here is the photo gallery from the session on Friday (the one I missed!) featuring Rick E, Casey T, and Andy M. photographer: Keith M
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Winter Hatteras Wavesailing!

Well, not for me, but the wave crew down south of Mirlo Beach have been enjoying excellent winter time opportunities to catch some action!  Last week we experienced a few days of strong NE wind and while the road access at Mirlo remained questionable with new overwash, those located south down in Avon had no problems making it to the south side to catch it at False Pt near Hatteras Inlet.

Great shot captured by Wind-NC’s Andy McKinney with the Go-Pro featuring both the peak break and Keith McCulloch a little further down the line.

Damn, wish I could have been there!

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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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EPIC ALERT, Hatteras Wavesailing Next Week!

UPDATE (11:00am): forecast shifting wind peak to Wed/Thursday next week with swell forecast remaining perfect!  

The forecast for Tuesday and Wed of next week frankly looks EPIC for Hatteras Wavesailing.  Long 13+ second SE swell at 6+ ft, and SSW winds hovering in the upper teen/low 20s mph range.  Basically a set up for super clean, long lines of pure wavesailing FUN which only happen this time of year and often rarely.

Basically, this:

Equals THIS!

Don’t really have more to say, other than Don’t MISS IT!  :)

What a primer for the upcoming AWT Hatteras Wave Jam coming the following week!

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Ramp 30 Wavesailing Fires!!

Yesterday, Ramp 30 located between Avon and Salvo fired with strong SSW wind ranging in the 4.0m and below range!  Dropping tide though the afternoon improved surf conditions, and by late day, chest+ set waves were hitting the outer bars!  A TON of wavesailors were on the water ranging from seasoned pros to first timers.  I did not have solid count, but there must have at least been 20 windsurfers out there!

Not a cloud in the sky most of the day, and bright sunshine, warm air, nuking wind, and mild water set up for a killer sesh!  Glad I took the day off work to head down to catch it!

Here is one photo I linked off a facebook post.  There were a number of photographers on the beach, so hopefully more images will surface highlighting conditions and the number of sailors out on the water!

All in all a killer sesh!!

Hopefully more images to come showcasing the action!

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Light Air SUP Wavesailing at Billy Mitchell in Frisco

Keith M reported FUN conditions on the South Side yesterday down at Billy Mitchell Airfield beach access in Frisco“Several good sandbars, dolphins, turtles, and clean warm water” were the key ingredients that made the day!  Plus of course, sunny skies!

 Awesome time to be in Hatteras!

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Hatteras Light Air SUP Wavesailing Magic!

Just back from a business trip up in DC.  Missed a lot of recent action down in Hatteras primarily focused on light air SUP wavesailing.  Looked like an awesome time for those down there who caught it!
Quote from Ralph at NCBoardrider:

What a fantastic spot. After a great evening yesterday with Keith and Ken I just had to have another go on the other tack this morning. Same 4.7/122L SUP combo. Still big but easy and FUN on the outside will much longer set period. Huge lounge. Didn’t get denied a single time. The sea turtles are busy! I’ve seen at least one every sesh.

5 straight days of wave sailing!!!!!!!!!!  Hatteras magic.

Sunday 85L/5.2 old light house
Monday 112L/4.7 Izzies
Monday evening SUP/5.8 ramp 49
Tuesday SUP/5.8 old light house
Wednesday SUP/4.7ramp 30
Thursday SUP/4.7 ramp 30

Keith M sent over a few slide shows from the sessions!  
Ramp 30, Wed May 9

Billy Mitchell Airfield Beach Access, Sun May 7
(Note, Ken is out trunks only!) Awesome that windsurfing now has this opportunity to catch waves when winds are light!

Additionally, here is a nice video produced by Micheal Wazenski from a windy wave sesh a few days ago at the Lighthouse!

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Light Air Wavesailing, Is it the New Thing?!

No Footstraps Required! 

The introduction of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding a few years ago enabled a new brand of enjoyment in the ocean as well as flat water. Similar to kiteboarding’s introduction a number of years earlier, both sports blossomed as new and, in many respects, “easier” introductions into active water sports. Over the past year or so, Light Air Wavesailing has hit the market and offers a new and easy method to catch waves with a windsurfing rig in hand.

I have been a strong supporter of Light Air Wavesailing since my initial experiences with the AHD SeaLion during late summer 2010 and all of 2011.  Blending an aggressive light air board design with a medium sized windsurfing sail has offered many more days of enjoyable time in the ocean, as compared to years past when I only had “regular” wave gear available.  As a father of two, a full time job, and busy life schedule, my windsurfing time has taken a hit even while living in one of windsurfing’s world meccas.  However, with the SeaLion and Light Air Wavesailing, many more opportunities are available to catch FUN surf and enjoy water time even with the scheduled needs of everyday life.

Seems more and more people are discovering the FUN and ease of Light Air Wavesailing and it is great to see this new windsurfing discipline take shape.  The US East Coast is perfect for Light Air Wavesailing from FL to Cape Cod and with the busy lives and limited water time we have, when you do make it out to the beach, why not have an option for when winds are side offshore at 10 knts and waves are breaking outside crumbly and fun!

As with standard SUP and kitesurfing, perhaps Light Air Wavesailing may find greater niche as it blends “ease” of a stable windsurfing platform with the ability to get into the ocean on calm easy days with surf ranging knee high to as big as you want to try!   

I would really enjoy seeing more people out on Light Air Wavesailing days.  Beauty too is that if you are here on the OBX, from Corolla to Hatteras, anywhere it can be good if there is a nice outside sand bar and a side to side-off breeze.  Anywhere there is a good sandbar can be a “popular” spot!  If you are in Nags Head, come out and join me when I hit a sesh, as I often do during the summer months!  Stay tuned to the OBX Beach Life forum for reports where to go as we usually post when we are about to hit the water!

No Footstraps Required!

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