Excellent surf condtioons led to some great shredding as Outer Banks surfers took advantage of Gert's gift.
Every once in a while the weather gods smile upon Outer Banks surfers and the result is nothing less than spectacular.
That was certainly the case as Hurricane Gert tracked northeast today, courteously avoiding the Outer Banks and Bermuda.
A category 1 hurricane that is close to a category 2, Gert sent out beautiful sets of waves for surfers. Down on Hatteras Island it was almost too much of a good thing with waves coming in 9-12' at times.
The Hatteras action started earlier in the day than it did farther up the beach. The farther north the less the impact of Gert, and the later in the day, which makes sense since the storm is tracking northeast—away from land.
Corolla was reporting 4-5’ surf and that really didn’t start until the afternoon. The best surf north of Oregon Inlet was probably Nags Head.
Over the past few years a sandbar has developed by Jennette’s Pier and it creates one of the most reliable breaks around, and surfers were taking full advantage of that today.
We had brilliant sunshine, the water temperature was in the mid 70s and seas were consistently running at 5-6’ with an occasional wave a little over that.
This was not a day for a novice surfer to try their luck, but the surfers on the line were catching wave after wave. And…what made it really special was it seemed like the ages went from pre-teen to grandfathers.
It really made the day seem a little more special.