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OBX Summer Action Firing at Ramp 30!!

OBX Summer Action Firing at Ramp 30!!

We have been locked in a Bermuda High all week with strong SW winds firing during the afternoon hours.  Yesterday the wrap began to hit at Ramp 30 providing for some fun outer bar surf in strong SSW wind prompting sails under 5m size!There was a n…

Red Bull Storm Chase Coming to Hatteras!?!

Red Bull Storm Chase Coming to Hatteras!?!

The Red Bull Storm Chase has narrowed its short list of international destinations for the upcoming extreme wave/wind surfing window, and Hatteras has made the cut! The listing notes the “US East Coast” yet the marker is firmly planted on Cape Hatteras, and I have been in direct contact with the Chase organizers ironing out details for their Chase to these islands! The Chase will bring PWA international extreme windsurfing superstars to Hatteras! The select group of riders participating includes the very top international PWA ranked wavesailors and with the base organization stemming from Europe, the real heart of international windsurfing, the eyes on Hatteras will be huge! The window for Hatteras will likely be late October into November and […]

AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2012 Poster!

AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2012 Poster!

Cape Hatteras, NC – The official poster for the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2012!  Sponsors to be added soon!  Great job Keith M! In other windsurfing news, the OBX has been rocking with daily SW winds topping the upper 20s!  The forecast is set to continue for most of this week.  We are patiently awaiting solid swell wrap, however, Lifeguard Beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Ramp 30 do indeed have some nice outside sand bars.  Lifeguard though seems to be the magic spot with high tide breaking there!  Enjoyed an excellent SeaLion sesh at Lifeguard solo yesterday!  Finished up at Ramp 30 last night with a nice gathering of both local and visiting crew.  Awaiting some action shots […]

Wind Catchers (a.k.a Kiteboarding)

Wind Catchers (a.k.a Kiteboarding)

By Christopher D. Roberson Nags Head, NC – Tethered by 65 ft. of flying lines while strapped to a five-foot board, their parachute-shaped kites whisk them across the surf. Then suddenly, they leap into the air, fly without wings and land like cats. They call themselves kiteboarders. Chris Moore, kiteboarding operations manager of Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head, N.C., explained that kiteboarding brings with it a thrill that hooks even the most novice riders. “Kiteboarding grabs your entire focus and so you are fully immersed in the moment, leaving you free from the day to day worries and stresses,” he said. Although the sport was not completely fine-tuned and safe for the general public until 2007, Moore said that […]

Summertime Slime: How to Prepare for and Prevent Summer Algae Blooms

Summertime Slime: How to Prepare for and Prevent Summer Algae Blooms

Chapel Hill, NC – Summer in North Carolina. Time once again to think about boating, swimming, beach trips and … toxic algae blooms.   Anyone who remembers North Carolina’s ’87 red tide or the Pfiesteria hysteria of the late 1990s knows just how serious a problem algae blooms can be. What many people don’t know is what to do about it – both how to prepare for algae blooms and how to prevent them.   “Nitrogen is the key nutrient responsible for stimulating all of the blooms we see, and our state has excessive amounts of nitrogen from agriculture, groundwater waste, and stormwater runoff,” says Hans Paerl, Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina […]

Cape Fear Red Cross Offers Tips for a Safe 4th of July

Cape Fear Red Cross Offers Tips for a Safe 4th of July

Whether at the beach or in one’s backyard, follow these steps to enjoy the holiday. WILMINGTON, NC, June 27, 2012 — The Independence Day Holiday is just around the corner and many people will visit the beach, enjoy fireworks, or fire up the grill for a backyard barbecue.   “The American Red Cross wants everyone to have a happy — and safe — Fourth of July holiday, and taking a few simple steps to stay safe can help ensure that this will be an enjoyable holiday for all,” said Vicki LaBelle, Executive Director for the Cape Fear Red Cross Chapter.   BEACH SAFETY If swimming in the ocean is part of someone’s holiday plans, they should check the weather and […]

Your Missing Out on Some Real FUN!

Your Missing Out on Some Real FUN!

OBX Outer Banks, NC – 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 […]

OBX Outer Banks: Just Imagine Your Favorite Outdoor Place…

OBX Outer Banks: Just Imagine Your Favorite Outdoor Place…

OBX Outer Banks, NC – Now that the spell of NE winds have subsided on the OBX, we begin to look at the upcoming SW opportunities and wavesailing potential for the east facing beaches. However, one dark stain on opportunity to enjoy the best breaks on the islands is the current state of access ramp closures along the east facing beaches. Basically every ramp is closed except for Ramp 30. The following is a guest writeup by Keith McCulloch: Just imagine your favorite outdoor place..maybe it is a mountain, a stream, a river, a lake, a beach, or a trail. Maybe its a place where your mom or dad introduced you to when your were a kid. A place that […]

Day Three, Saturday Wavesailing Action!

Day Three, Saturday Wavesailing Action!

Day Three of the NNE spree took us to the south side as far as the south end of Ocracoke Island!  The swell was considerably smaller than Friday’s south side wrap, but there remained some fun set waves and perfect side-off wind direction on the south side of Ocracoke.  Ralph and I caught it down there while the tide was coming in with some fun wave rides and jumps/loops in solid sub-5.0m wind!  Though interestingly, the wave zone was quite disconnected on the south side compared to the north, even though winds remained side-off.  Perhaps there is a point a little further north on Ocracoke island where a “magic spot” exists where the island turn occurs to foster true side-off […]

Beautiful Side Off at Billy Mitchell (Ramp 49)!

Beautiful Side Off at Billy Mitchell (Ramp 49)!

Beautiful Side Off at Billy Mitchell (Ramp 49)! Yesterday, the NE continued providing the famed “NE Wrap” of swell around Cape Point to allow surf to fill in on the south facing beaches of the OBX.  Billy Mitchell Airfield (Ramp 49) has some excellent outside sandbars right now, and the setup yesterday provides for some literally beautiful wavesailing conditions.  Perfect water, waves, wind all added up to a stellar session for those who caught it…, bummed, I missed it! Good news is that there will be a repeat today, and I will be down there!!  FUN times here on the OBX right now, and you should be here!! More pics from yesterday’s action in slideshow: (all images Keith McCulloch with […]