It’s no secret, Ida caused her fair share of destruction across the Eastern Seaboard, including taking a good chunk out of NC12 up in Rodanthe. NCDOT is working furiously to repair the road, and they even had a lane open at low tide today to let 4wd vehicles on or off the island. There’s lots of info all over the net about the storm damages and repair schedules and what not, so I’m not going to add any more to the confusion. Check out islandfreepress.org and ncdot.org for the latest info and some crazy slideshows.
I will, however, add to the action report! Ida kicked up some serious swell, but our winds were slow to catch on as the low hung out pretty much directly over us. So, the first day or two were a wash (literally). By Friday afternoon, however, the low slipped off shore just enough to kick up some North winds. Friday had potential to be an epic wavesailing day on the southside, but North winds are straight offshore down there. It doesn’t sound like much of a difference, but NE is really the money direction, while due North is downright dangerous, especially when it gets big. With the East beaches an out of control washing machine, we decided to hit up the sound side at Island Creek. 4.2 and freestyle board. Check da vid:
Major thanks go out to Drew for filming and Ace for the loaner on the camera!!
We had another batch of wind on Saturday morning. Fluky 4.7 at the same spot, with really very similar conditions to the video. By late evening, the wind died down, and the swell backed off to 12 feet at 15 seconds or something ludicrous like that. I caught word that a few guys were thinking about paddling out down at the lighthouse, so I grabbed Anne, Banana (the dog), and the video camera and headed to Buxton. Joey Crum and Brett Barley made their way off the beach in the fading light and caught a few mackers. I’ve got nothing but respect for these guys, as these were exceptionally difficult conditions, and they made it look easy. Check da vid: