Surfing at Jennette’s Pier, Wednesday October 3, 2018.

We were going write about the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival tonight, but the surfing was so good today that we had to change our plans.

It’s been this way all week, and it looks as though the weekend should be good as well. 

Wave heights were a consistent 5-7’ with a fairly even break. Temperatures are warm to downright summer-like, the water temperature is perfect, plenty of sun, a light offshore breeze…it truly does not get much better than this. 

We didn’t get a chance to make it to Hatteras Island but according to reports waves down there were 2’ higher than the northern beaches

We did check out conditions today at Jennette’s Pier and it looked like there was at least 25 to 30 surfers in the water at any time.

Jennette’s Pier is usually the hotspot for Outer Banks surfers on the norther Outer Banks. There is almost always a sandbar on the south side of the pier, courtesy of a dominant fetch or current that is usually north to south. The pier slows the current down a bit, when it slows, the the current can’t move as much sand and a sandbar forms.

Jennette’s Pier is not the only place where surfers gather. In conditions this good, just about anywhere that there is a sandbar and some beach.

As Gary Smith, owner of Corolla Surf Shop, said in one of his reviews of today’s conditions, “Quit your job and go surfing is my thought…”