The tribe gathered once again on Hatteras Island for the American Windsurfing Tour's Hatteras Wave Jam event Sept 12-15. The conditions didn't cooperate until the final hours of the 4 day competition window at which time they ran the Pro, Women, and Youth heats but unfortunately didn't get in the Amateur heats. The good news for some of us lowly amateurs was that the waves did show up from leftover Hurricane Leslie swell and we SUP surfed in clean conditions that ranged from waist to overhead high over the course of the 4 days. All pics below taken by me unless otherwise noted.
|Rob - we had mostly long peeling left handers|
|Waterturtle - pic taken by Rob|
|Ken looking back|
|Ralph on a good sized long one|
|Ralph taking off|
|Rob on the glide in|
|Funny lighting in this pic but looks like Rob is paddling in from the heavens|
Rob and I with Sam Bittner, AWT creator and organizer. We met Sam last year in Baja and we're glad to call her a friend. Sam is responsible for single handedly reigniting wavesailing competition stoke across the US and now expanding globally (Peru this year, maybe adding Chile next year). She also helped resurrect the US Nationals this year after they were going to cancel it. Keep up the great work Sam and thanks for all you do!
Big thanks also to the local Hatteras sailors who helped get the AWT event to Hatteras. I think it's a great thing for the area and for our sport. Special shout out to Bill Bell, who has tirelessly promoted Hatteras wavesailing for several years, provided the stoke to get many non wave sailors out on the water to give it a go with many early local events the last few years, and helped get the AWT event to Hatteras despite many challenges like hurricanes, NPS permits, etc etc. Also special thanks to Andy McKinney from WIND-NC, who acted as head judge and also did a ton to help with the event and its logistics despite a brand new beautiful baby girl and a shop to run. Andy has also contributed to stoking the Hatteras wavesailing fire and heavily promoting Hatteras windsurfing over the years. Kudos to both of you and to your families for their support of your work as well!
Here is the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam final day report with some pics.
AWT Final Day pics
AWT Day 3 pics
AWT Day 2 pics
AWT Day 1 pics
Random AWT pics
Here is a link to a bunch of great AWT event pics posted by Keith M.
And here is the official AWT Hatteras Wave Jam event video...
Cape Hatteras AWT Wave Jam 2012 from American Windsurfing Tour on Vimeo.