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    week in OBX next week

    Heading to Kill Devil Hills/Nags Head area next week. Haven't been down in 5 years. I may surf one of the piers, but I problably will just scout out some random sandbar breaks at one of the beach access points in the area to surf in solitude or with my son. So what tides work best in that area?

    Also, our family really enjoys doing a day trip down to Hatteras Point, drive our 4x4 out on the beach and make it a day. Last time we went down I didn't take my board to the point. Is there a good surfing area there? Currents look rather treacherous. All I really saw were fisherman everywhere, and it really didn't look like many spots to surf. I know there have to be some good breaks on that "drive on the beach" area. I'm not trolling for a "secret spot" out of anyone, just looking for somewhere surfable down there where the fisherman's lines aren't in the way.

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    well your in luck. surf looks to be pumping starting Saturday and building to clean head-overhead. i went to Frisco a couple weeks ago and had a great time. no one out but me and my boys. it's definitely worth the extra hour and half give or take

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    lots of the areas you're used to being able to access via 4x4 on hatteras island are no longer accessible due to nesting shore bird restrictions. this includes the actual cape point area.
    check here: http://www.islandfreepress.org/CatBe...essIssues.html for more info. cape point is rarely a decent surf spot, def. more of a fishing area.

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    I'll be down there starting tomorrow through the weekend. Hard to say what the wind will be doing but could be a VAS down south.

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    point & cove is closed this time of year... go to Billy Mitchell access.

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    Ill be down south of the bridge all next week as well. Looking forward to some consecutive days in the water.

    The "cove" might be the only spot working with the wind on this swell too. If you dont mind a mile and a half paddle and dont set one foot above the mean low tide line you wont be in violation of the closure. I dont have a problem with resource protection but the measures in place right now as a result of the consent decree are absolutely rediculous. Sanity needs to be restored.

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    The "cove" might be the only spot working with the wind on this swell too. If you dont mind a mile and a half paddle and dont set one foot above the mean low tide line you wont be in violation of the closure.
    Fairly certain that is ...
    1. Impossible. Have you ever surfed the cove on a good/direct swell? That current is sweeping down the beach
    2. Not allowed either... other wise the the fisherman would be all over this... and there is NO ONE fishing out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranded in Smithfield View Post
    Fairly certain that is ...
    1. Impossible. Have you ever surfed the cove on a good/direct swell? That current is sweeping down the beach
    2. Not allowed either... other wise the the fisherman would be all over this... and there is NO ONE fishing out there.
    Seems you get my point. It was more of a Tongue-in-cheek comment.

    Although the part about staying below the mean low tide line is accurate. Verifying where that is is an altogether different story. NPS property ends at the mean low tide line so they have no say of what happens past it.

    http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisi...20Bulletin.pdf See Question 15 for your reference

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    Ha ha...Computers don't convey sarcasm that well. Well played sir. I've herd that mean low tide rule before and have done it under cover of darkness to fish for drum but the point is bare and has been the last two summers so I doubt they will actually let you do it otherwise folks (my brother included) would be all over some of the best surf fishing on the east coast. With local family, I am anti-beach closure as it currently exists and have blasted those tree-huggers who defend it on here...I'm an internet badass (sarcasm).

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    Yeah my point was to convey that this issue isnt just a beach driving issue. Its an access issue that affects all (ORV users, Pedestians, Surfers, Everyone). I have visited/lived summers down there for the last 39 years andI have witnessed the slow heating of the pot over that time to the slow boil we are at now. Its a shame the residents and visitors are being held hostage in this manner.

    I dont think I have met anyone who fully understands what is happening to be in favor of the current measures. I try to fully explain the situation to those that dont fully understand any chance I get.

    Anyway... Last day of work before the vacation starts so I will turn my focus from fretting over this issue to mentally preparing for some time in paradise. Lets see what this swell does (or doesnt....)
    Last edited by GCoop; Jul 13, 2011 at 03:43 PM. Reason: grammaticized for correctedness