I got stuck at home in VB this weekend, typically the family and I have the family truckster packed and are headed south to Nags Head and surf rodanthe all memorial day weekend typically. Well a family thing kept us at home, but low and behold we had playful summer surf here. North end VB Sunday morning was sort of fun, a boat load of people on it and alot of folks that think they are alot better than they are also which causes issues. Anyway nothing great to reallly worry about though. Sandbridge on Monday saw some decent waves, south side of the pier in the mroning was fun, then the 10 a.m. black ball came for that side of the pier and moved to the "surf friendly" north side. Holly crap was there a bucnh of fpeople on it, it looked like first street but with less talent .
From Memorial day to Labor day I typically only head out for a dawn patrol before work or about 1.5 hours before sunset. Over the years I have found that it is not worth the effort to deal with the BS associated with the tourists. On the rare occassion I do head out during the day...it will always be an off spot that is a bit smaller and less formed, but away from the crowd.
pssh also stuck in sandbridge this weekend. Nothing like seeing a nice quiet beach turned into a barney festival just because of memorial day... I didnt even bother surfing, It looked weak for it but great for body boarding. Got some sweet ones and an even sweeter buzz. Now its on, I guess, barneys on logs and punks that float around on their custom 5'11s trying to look cool... This weekend reminded me how much I hate... other people
Stud, I employed a new tactic this weekend that works great. When you see a kook, especially the 'punk on the custom 5 11' types, point and laugh. they usually skulk away.
I usually do the same. i look at time them then look away with a smirk on my face. it works. or i'll paddle 50ft to the left, everyone will follow, then i slowly make my way 50ft to the right again and viola!
i ignore everyone,drop in on any wave,let them know i live here,they eventually flip out on me,then the reality sets in that they just showed up at my beach for the first time since labor day,get the hint and paddle down the beach
.....i'll paddle 50ft to the left, everyone will follow, then i slowly make my way 50ft to the right again and viola!
I didn't intend to do this Monday, but that's exactly what happened. I saw the usual 20-person gaggle in North End & headed several peaks up to avoid the "pros" that congregate on top of each other and play ASP wannabe.
Sure as shlt, after catching 2 undisturbed waves, up paddled a pack of 3. Once they got there, I slid down to the next unpopulated peak that they passed on their way to me, which actually seemed to be lining up better.