With 20-30mph onshore winds and a front that just passed through, conditions for the ESA Eastern Championships at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head were pretty difficult today. Conditions yesterday were really flat, so we haven’t had much luck so far.-By Kip Tabb
A little less chop in the waves and slowly diminishing winds are in the forecast so conditions should be improving.
Competition is scheduled to end Saturday, but event planners plugged in Sunday just in case. There might be a little bit of a crunch to get all the competition in, but with improving conditions and an extra day, it should all come together.
Even if the waves couldn’t be used for competition this afternoon, it didn’t keep everyone off the water. There were about seven or eight shredders in the water as the tide was rolling in around 4:00 or 4:30. Lots of chop to the waves, but a lot of power. Didn’t see any long rides, but they were doing a lot with what they were given.
The winds that are wreaking havoc with the ESAs are Hatteras Wave Jam’s best friend. The pro tour windsurfing competition is being held this week down in Hatteras, and those 20 to 30 mph winds were bringing out the best in the competitors.
Wind conditions dictate where the competition will be held on a daily basis. Ramp 55, south of Hatteras Village–just across from the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum was today’s venue. When tomorrow’s location is posted we’ll get the information out.