Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Cape Henlopen-The Point

Note: I know many of you are anxiously awaiting more action shots from The Beast of The East Wave Face Off. Please be patient, the print magazines have first dibs. But keep checking back, I’ll begin putting them up in a few days.

The point at Cape Henlopen on the Delaware Bay is a venue I’ve been eyeing for some time. It affords ocean access on the east facing side, and bump n jump access to the Delaware bay access on the west facing side. I consider this a viable venue for just about any wind direction. I’m especially looking forward to trying this spot on an east wind. We don’t have all that many spots that work on an east, and my hope is to blast right off the top of the point out thru the channel. There is a significant current that runs out to sea on the north end of the point, so be sure you’re well powered when venturing out.

This day the wind was WSW, so Janis and I drove out onto the beach (the access ramp takes you onto the east facing beach), and drove counter clockwise around and I sailed to the western side. (basically the X with a circle around it).

Note, The Point will absolutely rock off of the east facing beach during a Nor ’Easter. There is a prominent brake wall to the north off the point that significantly knocks down the shore-break. You can basically step on your board, and casually blast out into the larger ocean swell on the outside. Looking forward!

Final caveat: to drive and remain on the beach at The Point, you must actively been engaged in fishing, so be sure you have figured out how to manage that before
Coming out onto the beach with your truck.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Beast Of The East Wave Face Off

I'm blessed to have won second place in the Amateur division of the second annual Beast of The East Wave Face Off.

and Ken Kellar took first place. Congrats Ken!

Keith McCulloch won first place in the Pro/Expert division.

Here is the complete breakdown of the contest:
Pro/Expert Division
1st place Keith McCulloch
2nd place Andy McKinney
3rd place Ian Stokes

Amateur Division
1st place Ken Kellar
2nd place George Markopoulos
3rd place Donald Obst

I also scored the top award for the most spectacular crash

and you know Janis caught the shot right-she doesn't miss much. It was violent

and I bruised my shoulder from landing on the boom (or mast). Click on the photo to see the full screen view. Yikes

There where alot of bloggers at the event today, so we took a "Blogger Summit" photo:

from left to right:
Mac Barnhardt aka Waterturtle
Bill Bell aka OBX Bill
Rob Cornwell aka Windy Waters
George Markopoulos aka Live2sail
Andy McKinney aka Lost in Hatteras
Drew Scalia aka Pursuit of Paradise
Ralph Moore (kneeling in front row aka Triad Windsurfing

We are working thru the photos, but will likely hold the primo shots in reserve for potential magazine publication. Check back for those!

More action on tap for Sunday. As soon as the rain moves off, we're expecting the wind to go southwest, and we'll hit Old Lifeguard.


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hatteras Wavejam Day 1

With the blowing of the Conch Shell, the Jammer Sesh was kicked off!

We sailed at Lifeguard Beach-most of us where lit on 5.0s. By the end of the day, the swell began to jack up, although the wind was a bit too onshore for down the line riding. Mostly bump and jump conditions, with the occasional nugget to smack.

Bill Bell

Andy Mckinney

Bob Ramsey

Keith McCulloch

Ken Kellar

Uhm, yeah

Jesse Waters

Jesse is from Long Island, one of the Puffin contingent

Blog author

Alain Ciclet

Stuart Proctor

Stuart again

and again

Ralph Moore

Its been blowing strong all night, should be huge today. We're looking at dawn patrol southside down near Izzies.

Magical Hatteras