It’s fall on the Outer Banks, the best time of the year for surfing and wind sports and there’s a full plate of competition coming up next week.-By Kip Tabb
The surf conditions are good but not great right now . . . reports are putting wave heights at waist to chest high with an even break. We were hoping TS Gabriel would hold together long enough to push some waves our way, but it doesn’t look like it will. Water temp is really mild (mid to upper 70s) so it’s a great time to be on the water.
There are two competitions coming up next week, which means a lot of running back and forth to catch both of them—and since they both feature topflight competitors in their sports, it may be worth the effort to check them both out.
The ESA Eastern Surfing Championships are Monday the 16th through Saturday at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Featuring the best amateur surfers on the East Coast, this is an annual event not to be missed . . .
Unless you’re down in Hatteras checking out the Hatteras Wave Jam that begins on Tuesday the 17th. A pro tour sponsored by American Windsurfing Tour, it’s still a little early to tell what the wind conditions will be, but early indications are brisk NE winds with plenty of sunshine on Tuesday and Wednesday. The competition wraps up on Saturday. Event locations will change depending on wind conditions.
It’s not all wind and waves, though. On Sunday—that’s the 14th—check out the “All Out Pink” Race which is actually two races. An eight mile (13K) and a 5K sponsored by Outer Banks Bootcamps and the Outer Banks Running Club, it’s all for a good cause. Part of the Outer Banks Hospital’s “Get Pinked” campaign, all of the proceeds stay local and help provide mammograms to those without access to health care. The races begin and end at the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo.