Tuesday, November 17, 2009

RT 12 is open, and the waves are firing!

First item:

Route 12 is open to ALL traffic! 2wd cars, tractor trailers, everything.  NC DOT built a temporary surface on top of one lane of the existing highway. You may have to wait a few minutes until oncoming traffic clears, but that's a heck of a lot faster than taking the Stumpy Point to Rodanthe emergency ferry service... That also means that the supply chain is wide open again, so things like gas, groceries, mail, et cetera are all readily available again. Don't fret, you WILL have Turkey for Thanksgiving!  More updates here.

Next item:

The Lighthouse was Firing today! Well overhead set waves, and pretty light winds kept the faces clean and barreling, and the consequences high. Keith, Caleb, Stuart and I windsurfed, and every one of us took a pretty solid beating at one point or another. Personally, I schlogged/positioned for 27 minutes before I caught my first solid wave. It took me 9 minutes to get to the outside, and 18 minutes to get back up to the peak and find a good set wave that was lined up. It was worth the effort. After that first good wave, I lost all inhibitions and sailed much more carelessly, dropping in on most anything that came my way. 'Twas a very fun sesh!!

Keith gets the only pictures of the day:


And I caught a rare glimpse of his secret weapon- a 34 cm freeride fin!!  No wonder he never has any trouble staying upwind...

More wind in the forecast!  GET HERE!!


Anonymous said...

Some damn fine ocean conditions yesterday. Yeeeeewwwww! Could be another one today just a bit further south.

Waterturtle said...

Glad Hwy 12 is open again. OBX = resilience.

George Markopoulos said...

damn nice looking wave Keith

George Markopoulos said...

damn nice looking wave Keith

PeconicPuffin said...

Damn nice looking wave Keith.


I'm not above rigging a 12" fin on lightwind wave days. Whatever it takes!