Spring Forward on Hatteras Island
Warm sunshine, friends and perfect surf on the Outer Banks. What a way to kick-off Spring, right?
Thursday, March 10 – The forecast was looking very promising for warm weather and great surf conditions (with exception to the chilly water). My friend Doug decided to make the 4.5 hr drive up from Wrightsville Beach with his surfboard, wetsuit, fishing pole, and a 1-year-old Great Dane named Beast. Of course Jimmy in Raleigh liked the idea of a surfing/fishing weekend on the Outer Banks, so he managed to get Friday covered and head East on hwy 64.
Friday, March 11 – The day started with a meeting in Kitty Hawk, and then a b-line South through hwy 158, hwy 12 and hwy sand. By the time I got to Rodanthe, my friends had already found a good (and secluded) sandbar down the beach in Salvo. Elwang and Stacie had just returned to the OBX from warm surf travels. We rendezvous at the beach ramp where I drop my tire pressure to about 25 psi. The first thing we saw coming over the ramp were 8 to 10-footers peeling down the sandbar in 3 spots. I couldn’t scramble for the camera fast enough. Waves came in one after another. Left, right, a-frame, left, right, uppercut – it was confirmed – the conditions were lining up, and it was “macking”.
Elwang and Stacie looked at each other, and decided to make the jump from thin swimsuits and warm air – to neoprene from head to toe. Chargin’ it.
Perfect waves with nobody around, again! Now we just need this water to warm up. Good thing wetsuit technology has come a long way in recent years.
I had to suit up and paddle out for at least one wave. It was a lot more powerful than expected. I was definitely caught off-guard, but managed to snag a decent one before heading in to take more photos.
After work I decided to check S-Turns to see if it was worth putting on 4mm of cold neoprene. The conditions were a little cleaner, and closer to shore. Which usually means better conditions, but the crowd makes for less waves. So glad my friends and I scored to ourselves. Gotta love Hatteras Island.
Saturday, March 12 – The conditions were even better than Friday, and I got to surf more than 30 minutes this time. Since my buddy Derek has a broken wrist, he was willing to chill on the beach (in the sun) and take care of the Canon 50D. Here’s a shot of my buddy Doug getting the best left of the day!
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