Friday, November 18, 2011


Goodness Gracious, it's been awhile since I logged into this place!  There's a layer of dust an inch deep in here! 

Well, I just wanted to give y'all a head's up-   Due to time constraints and the general hassles of blogging, the chances of me fully resurrecting Lost In Hatteras are slim.  Well, at least not in it's full former form- I might surprise you with a little juicy tidbit every now and then, but I wouldn't expect daily posts here any time soon.

Luckily, in this modern age, it's really easy, fast, and fun to interact with people on the other various online forums, like Facebook and Twitter.  I've been updating the Wind-NC facebook page very routinely, with lots of the same old good stuff that I used to put up here, like pictures, videos, and other glimpses into the Hatteras lifestyle.  So, if you're looking for some stoke from Hatteras, I'd urge you to check out the shop's Facebook Page and "like" it to stay informed!  You can join in the fun and post your own photos and recaps of the day right on our page, too- We're always stoked to see how you spend your days in Hatteras!

So, you've been formally invited!  Come join in the fun- just Click below:

PS- This is what we sailed this morning:

Ramp 34, 4.7 Gaastra IQ on the DaCurve 85, with waist to head high peeling lefts!  Loving it!

Hope to see y'all soon!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

I Have A New Home (Please update your bookmarks)!

***1/30/10 update- new link below***

In an effort to help you procrastinate as efficiently as possible, I've teamed up with!  From here on out, I'll be posting all of my usual pics, vids, stories, and random off topic nonsense at the following address:

Please update your bookmarks!  You can also update your Lost In Hatteras RSS feed here:

Why?  Because- If you're not actually out windsurfing, you might as well waste as much time as possible thinking about it.  After you get your Hatteras Action Fix, you'll be able to access endless amounts of windsurfing news, stories, how-to articles, gear reviews, etc etc- All with just a click of the mouse, and all for free!  Congratulations, your 3 minutes of Hatteras update will now most likely become 3 hours of online windsurfing information overload!  Please don't blame us if you get fired for lack of productivity at work.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A short helmet cam video, and (Road) Surfing

Hi-  I've been slacking on the vids lately.  So, first things first, here is a short helmet cam clip from Thursday's freestyle sesh:

Freestyle Windsurfing, POV from Andy McKinney on Vimeo.

Visualizing is pretty important if you're trying to progress in windsurfing, so I guess the helmet cam is pretty good for that.  But in all honesty, I like the clew mount videos much more because I think you get a better feel for the whole picture of what's going on.

Anyway, we've had a good bit of wind most everyday lately, and the surf has been just absolutely bombing!  It's almost too big to really do anything with at the moment.  The buoy topped out at about 15 feet at 15 seconds yesterday, which is just massive.  To put it in perspective, 3 feet at 15 seconds turns into well overhead bombs on our sandbars...  This picture is from up high on the dunes on the southside, where the swell had already been knocked down by Diamond Shoals and wrapped around a 90 degree bend in the island:

That line of white water running completely across the bottom of the photo was probably at least head high, to put things in perspective!

So Stuart, Anne, Banana and I just drove around all afternoon looking for a rideable spot, finally gave up, bought a 6 pack of beer and went fishing...


It ended up being a really fun day, but as far as I'm concerned, road surfing...

... is for the birds!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2 Different Days, 2 Different Swells

Winter in Hatteras can just be so unbelievable!  Feast or famine...  After a total letdown for wind over the weekend, Momma Nature made up for it with two incredible back to back swells, warm(er) temps, and sunshine!  Monday saw a bombing south swell hitting the Frisco and Hatteras beaches, with perfect, light offshore winds.  Man, I ate some $(*& out there!  The South swell was followed closely by today's quickly building North swell hitting all of the East facing beaches.  Man, I ate some (*$& out there!  Tomorrow looks to be insane, with light offshore winds forecast and a peaking North swell!  Unbelievable...  Man, I'm going to eat some (*&$ out there!  Luckily, all this ($(*$ tastes pretty darn good!

Moon set over the pier

Barreling set under the pier

I think I've dripped about a gallon of water out of my sinuses over the last two days.  And only one casualty so far (knock on wood)- Stuart gave himself a pretty solid fat lip this afternoon.  Sweet!!

Keep an eye on the wind towards the end of the week- It might get pretty crazy out here!