S OF OREGON INLET TO CAPE HATTERAS NC OUT 20 NM-
STORM WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
NE WINDS 40 TO 50 KT WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 KT. SEAS 12 TO
17 FT DOMINANT PERIOD 11 SECONDS.
It just doesn't freaking stop blowing here!
It so windy here in the house tonight, that the water in my glass is sloshing around and the ceiling fans hanging are slowing swaying, and they're turned off! After a shower, I kid you not, I went outside to dry my hair. Its been relentless.
This is Ego Beach around noon.
It takes a different breed to go out in these conditions. It was violent, and huge.
That sand is painfull
The call came in early for a sesh southside, so we cruised on down. Andy reported that the ocean below Hatteras Village was a jumbled mess, so we hooked up at Issabele's. The outer bar was breaking, but there was also some pretty heavy shorbreak, and a ripping current, the "Hatteras Highway" they call it.
Here is what Issabelle's looked like around low tide
Its alot bigger than it looks. A heckuva lot bigger.
We decided to check out the Cove.
This view looking toward Diamond Shoals. The sand was blowing just about hard enough to peel the paint off of Andy's new truck
Same ocean, just around the corner from Izzie's. Amazing variety of conditions on this extraordinary island.
The Canadian Hole
My 3.6. You can see my Go-Pro video camera mounted on the mast above the boom.
Wavefest participant Steve Meyer
This guy was taking a 2.6 on a 250 liter board in 50 knots, so I just had to watch and snap a few shots.
I was impressed he was actually able to get it going
But eventually the inevitable happened.
This is a picture of the beach at the Light House around 5pm. Literally that is the water lapping up onto the beach.
And this is the inside section, about 10 feet off the beach! Good goooga booga
I don't even think Hana looked like this.
Back to Ego around 6pm at high tide
So for the first time this trip, we were shut out from the ocean, and only able to sail the Canadian Hole. I gotta tell you, after 6 straight days of wavesailing, going back to flatwater is pretty lame. You get spoiled down here in Hatteras. The place is pretty special.
So tomorrow, we have yet another strong forecast, and the wind is supposed to go east which mean a chance for personal redemption at The Cove.
The Wave-Fest Wave Challenge is also scheduled to begin tomorrow, and with the epic conditions forecasted, its one event that shouldn't be missed. If you can get here to watch or participate, you wont be sorry. This is what its all about.