The AWT Hatteras Wave Jam is about to start, and conditions look to be perfect! We’re seeing a number of small storms well off the coast, which should just send us a nice medium “fun” sized swell for the next few weeks. They’ll all stay far enough out to sea to not interact with our normal Fall wind generators, too- meaning we’ll have a great combination of easy to read long period swell and our normal NE and SW winds that Hatteras is famous for!
Update (09/12/13) The long range forecast looks absolutely amazing for side off port tack down the line wave riding! We’re expecting a 4 foot at 14 second ESE swell to hit on Tuesday, courtesy of Hurricane Humberto. Forecast winds for Tuesday and Wednesday are from the Northeast at around 15 knots. Over the last few weeks, similar NE wind forecasts have turned out to be very conservative and actual wind speeds have been in the 20-25 knot range.
Competition is scheduled to begin on Monday September 16th and end on Saturday September 21, 2013. Heats will be run, weather dependent, between 9am and 5pm every day. Locations to be determined based on the day’s conditions. Please keep an eye on the AWT Facebook page and Twitter feed for daily updates. The potential locations include:
1) The “Lifeguarded Beach” at the old Lighthouse site. From Rt 12 in Buxton, turn onto the Lighthouse Access Road. Take your first left onto Forrest Rd, towards the Old Lighthouse Site. At the stop sign, go straight into the large parking lot and access the beach from there. Fully accessible by 2wd with paved parking. We will most likely be at Lifeguard Beach if the winds are from the South or Southwest, but may run heats in side on conditions and Northeast winds if the waves are small.
2) Ramp 55 in Hatteras Village, near the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and Ferry Docks. Follow Rt 12 South until it ends (through Hatteras Village, just past the Ferry Docks). 4wd vehicles with an ORV Permit should plan on driving out onto the beach. The final sailing site will most likely be between 0.5 and 1 mile down the beach. 2wd vehicles should park in the paved lot on the ocean side where the walkway goes up and over the dunes. Shuttle vehicles will run back and forth to help ferry competitors and their equipment to the sailing site. We will most likely be at Ramp 55 if the winds are from the North to East-Northeast, or West.
Recommended Equipment: The Golden Rule of Hatteras is to “Bring Everything.” Water temps are warm so bring your trunks, but Fall northeast winds can bring a chill, so you may want to pack a shorty wetsuit or even a 3/2 full suit if you get cold easily. Regarding windsurf equipment- we’re usually dealing with a lot of current and light winds inside (even when it’s blowing 30 knots), so make sure to have a larger board that you’re comfortable schlogging on. A standard wave sail quiver from 4.0 to 6.0 should cover most people’s needs. And of course, bring an SUP or surfboard just in case the wind doesn’t show up!
There are a number of fantastic evening activities planned as well. Check the schedule below:
- Sunday, 7pm: Wind-NC: Check In/Registration
- Monday, 7pm: Wind NC: FREE Clinic with World Champ Kevin Pritchard and Movie Premiere: The New Hawaii with Fabrice Beaux
- Tuesday, 7pm: Fox Sports
- Wednesday, 7pm: Ocean Air
- Thursday, 7pm: Avon Sail house
- Friday, 7pm: Klub Koru Closing Ceremony
- Saturday: Finish up contest if needed with Awards on the beach
Also: You could Win a Starboard Kode 103! Kevin Pritchard will ride the brand new board during the contest, sign it, and then hand it over to one lucky winner at the Klub Koru Closing Ceremony on Friday night! Raffle Tickets will be available to purchase at all of the evening festivities ($20 per ticket, 3 for $50, 10 for $100). Raffle proceeds will benefit the Hatteras Island Rescue Squad.
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