Hatteras, Beg. Wave Spots

Hatteras, Beg. Wave Spots

Post by Steve Hone » Fri, 14 Feb 1997 04:00:00


I'm heading to Hatteras in April for the first time (yea!!!).  
I usually sail sound/bay type B+J conditions but plan to try
some wave sailing this year.  My question is should I try
the ocean side at Hatteras?  I've heard they get some narly
shorebrake.  Are there places or certain conditions which
are good for a beginner wave sailor?  I'll be staying in
Avon so places close to there would be ideal.

Thanks in advanced,

Steven J. Honey

Mistral Screamer, Wind+Surf 8-6, Sailworks + Ezzy Sails

 
 
 

Hatteras, Beg. Wave Spots

Post by Gary Wo » Sat, 15 Feb 1997 04:00:00


Quote:

>I'm heading to Hatteras in April for the first time (yea!!!).  
>I usually sail sound/bay type B+J conditions but plan to try
>some wave sailing this year.  My question is should I try
>the ocean side at Hatteras?  I've heard they get some narly
>shorebrake.  Are there places or certain conditions which
>are good for a beginner wave sailor?  I'll be staying in
>Avon so places close to there would be ideal.

>Thanks in advanced,

>Steven J. Honey


Hi Steve
Being from Ottawa, I'm no wave sailor, but I visit Hatteras once or
twice a year.  I always intend to try the ocean side "this year", but
it never seems to happen.  When the wind is good (for a novice in
waves), every spot I have checked out just seems full of Hatteras
Bombers - rough, ugly, cold waves with little pattern I can see.
I know that the spots are visible to the experienced guys, guess I just
have been looking at the wrong spots.

I've heard that since Hatteras waves form up on the shifting sand
bars, that one great location can dissappear in weeks as the bar
causing the waves can wash out or in.
Anyways, some friends of mine watched some pros near the Avon pier
one year just trying to get out.  Apparently Nevin Sayer got spanked
and chewed up a couple of fiberspars within a short time !

Also, if you get two days of good South or North winds, take some
binoculars and check out the reef (soundside horizon).  Better yet,
take a buddy and sail out there for some awesome B&J in big steep
swell.  Almost like waves, as you can sail on the faces quite a bit.
Plus, if you get tired, sail out the side and rest in knee deep water
just a few meters away.  You can get there from Avon - its a little
closer up at Emily's.

If you find an ocean spot, let me know.  I'm heading down in May,
and maybe THIS is the year !

Gary

 
 
 

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Post by James Calo » Sat, 15 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> REEF: You can get there from Avon - its a little
> closer up at Emily's.

At Emily's (Pescado's now) the channel is about 2 - 3 miles out. Can be
real fun launching and riding w/o the shore break. It's a long tack out
tho...

The reef is closer to Avon (two reefs acually).

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Post by Roger Nightingal » Sat, 15 Feb 1997 04:00:00

Steve -

There is really no escaping the gnarly shorebreak, but
there are places where it is more manageable. You should
try launching just south of the lighthouse.  In a SW, the
swell can't make it around Cape Hatteras without breaking
up on Diamond Shoals, so the closer to the cape you get,
the smaller the waves and shorebreak. From the lighthouse
North, the waves are able to wrap in. The waves are also
smaller in general in the Frisco area. There is a launch
between Frisco and Hatteras that you might take a look at.

IMHO, learning to launch in the ocean at hatteras is a
humbling experience for all levels of sailors. No matter
how good you are, you'll have a lot of apprehension the
first time you do it. In fact, there's always a little
fear factor - that's what makes it fun. Its mostly
practice, attitude, and a little luck that gets you out so
don't put it off - give it a try.  

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  Deptartment of Biomedical Engineering    
  Duke University

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Hatteras, Beg. Wave Spots

Post by Brian Mckenz » Sat, 15 Feb 1997 04:00:00

I agree with Roger's post, just give it a try! Try going out at Salvo
ramp (across from the Salvo campground) and ride down the beach and
see if any bars have shifted. There may be some spots where the
shorebreak is not bad. Be sure to watch and time the sets!

Bri
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