Late summer early fall is surf competition time on the Outer Banks. That’s when the storms out in the Atlantic push some of the best waves to shore and competitions find a home locally.
The WRV Outer Banks Pro starts things off. Held at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head, the competition brings an international cast of men and women surfers to the Outer Banks.
Conditions to day were good. Chest high with a little bit of chop, but not too much with a moderate breeze from the north. Water temperatures were in the mid 60s, a bit chilly but not too bad, and with bright sunshine and warm temperatures it was a good day.
The surfers put on a heck of a show. The men get top billing, but the women were catching some great rides.
Two more days to the competition, with it ending on Sunday.
The ESA Competition
Next up will be the Eastern Surf Association championship—the ESAs. A weeklong completion—September 15-21, it’s also held at Jennette’s Pier.
The ESAs is one of the most popular contests of the year. The ESA is one of the largest amateur surfing organizations in the world, and the competition includes all ages and just about anything that can ride the surf.
It is very much a family affair, with parents traveling from Maine to Florida to support their kids who have won regional competitions.
But it is by no means just a contest among the under 18 set. What makes the ESAs so special is how many surfers in their 50s, 60s and older are on the water.
Jennette’s Pier is has become the go to place for contest because of the quality of the waves that a sandbar to the south of the pier generates.
Fall is festival time on the Outer Banks. A great time to be here and a great time to stay with Brindley Beach Vacations.