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NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014

Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]

Peace of mind in the ocean: The first user-friendly shark deterrent band

Peace of mind in the ocean: The first user-friendly shark deterrent band

CHARLESTON, SC Oct. 7, 2014 –  Shark. Just one mention of the ancient jagged-toothed creature that lurks beneath the waves fascinates our culture as much as it inspires fear. This image is amplified annually through the beloved Sharkweek program, which has run for more than 25 years. People know the chances of a shark attack are minimal, but we have a hard time silencing the fear that we could be the unlucky one. Nathan and David Garrison, surfers, divers, and Co-founders of Mano (the Hawaiian word for Shark), say they and fellow surfers share a heightened fear of sharks because they spend so much time in the ocean. Nathan is quick to note, “We always hear the ‘lightning vs shark […]

OBX Summer Action Firing at Ramp 30!!

OBX Summer Action Firing at Ramp 30!!

We have been locked in a Bermuda High all week with strong SW winds firing during the afternoon hours.  Yesterday the wrap began to hit at Ramp 30 providing for some fun outer bar surf in strong SSW wind prompting sails under 5m size!There was a n…

Red Bull Storm Chase Coming to Hatteras!?!

Red Bull Storm Chase Coming to Hatteras!?!

The Red Bull Storm Chase has narrowed its short list of international destinations for the upcoming extreme wave/wind surfing window, and Hatteras has made the cut! The listing notes the “US East Coast” yet the marker is firmly planted on Cape Hatteras, and I have been in direct contact with the Chase organizers ironing out details for their Chase to these islands! The Chase will bring PWA international extreme windsurfing superstars to Hatteras! The select group of riders participating includes the very top international PWA ranked wavesailors and with the base organization stemming from Europe, the real heart of international windsurfing, the eyes on Hatteras will be huge! The window for Hatteras will likely be late October into November and […]

AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2012 Poster!

AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2012 Poster!

Cape Hatteras, NC – The official poster for the AWT Hatteras Wave Jam 2012!  Sponsors to be added soon!  Great job Keith M! In other windsurfing news, the OBX has been rocking with daily SW winds topping the upper 20s!  The forecast is set to continue for most of this week.  We are patiently awaiting solid swell wrap, however, Lifeguard Beach near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Ramp 30 do indeed have some nice outside sand bars.  Lifeguard though seems to be the magic spot with high tide breaking there!  Enjoyed an excellent SeaLion sesh at Lifeguard solo yesterday!  Finished up at Ramp 30 last night with a nice gathering of both local and visiting crew.  Awaiting some action shots […]

Wind Catchers (a.k.a Kiteboarding)

Wind Catchers (a.k.a Kiteboarding)

By Christopher D. Roberson Nags Head, NC – Tethered by 65 ft. of flying lines while strapped to a five-foot board, their parachute-shaped kites whisk them across the surf. Then suddenly, they leap into the air, fly without wings and land like cats. They call themselves kiteboarders. Chris Moore, kiteboarding operations manager of Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head, N.C., explained that kiteboarding brings with it a thrill that hooks even the most novice riders. “Kiteboarding grabs your entire focus and so you are fully immersed in the moment, leaving you free from the day to day worries and stresses,” he said. Although the sport was not completely fine-tuned and safe for the general public until 2007, Moore said that […]

Summertime Slime: How to Prepare for and Prevent Summer Algae Blooms

Summertime Slime: How to Prepare for and Prevent Summer Algae Blooms

Chapel Hill, NC – Summer in North Carolina. Time once again to think about boating, swimming, beach trips and … toxic algae blooms.   Anyone who remembers North Carolina’s ’87 red tide or the Pfiesteria hysteria of the late 1990s knows just how serious a problem algae blooms can be. What many people don’t know is what to do about it – both how to prepare for algae blooms and how to prevent them.   “Nitrogen is the key nutrient responsible for stimulating all of the blooms we see, and our state has excessive amounts of nitrogen from agriculture, groundwater waste, and stormwater runoff,” says Hans Paerl, Kenan Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina […]

Cape Fear Red Cross Offers Tips for a Safe 4th of July

Cape Fear Red Cross Offers Tips for a Safe 4th of July

Whether at the beach or in one’s backyard, follow these steps to enjoy the holiday. WILMINGTON, NC, June 27, 2012 — The Independence Day Holiday is just around the corner and many people will visit the beach, enjoy fireworks, or fire up the grill for a backyard barbecue.   “The American Red Cross wants everyone to have a happy — and safe — Fourth of July holiday, and taking a few simple steps to stay safe can help ensure that this will be an enjoyable holiday for all,” said Vicki LaBelle, Executive Director for the Cape Fear Red Cross Chapter.   BEACH SAFETY If swimming in the ocean is part of someone’s holiday plans, they should check the weather and […]

Your Missing Out on Some Real FUN!

Your Missing Out on Some Real FUN!

OBX Outer Banks, NC – Yesterday, leftover swell from the recent string of NE wind remained on the east facing beaches providing some really fun summer time surf!  The standard surfing crew had it in the morning when the swell was up and the tide was pushing near low with very light offshore W wind.  By late afternoon, the wind switched SSE and increased to perfect “Light Air Wavesailing” strength hovering around 10 to 15 mph!  I signed off work a little early and headed out to Enterprise St in Nags Head.  Solid waist+ set waves were breaking nicely on the outer bar and though the tide was a little high and the surf was mushy, on the SeaLion it […]

OBX Outer Banks: Just Imagine Your Favorite Outdoor Place…

OBX Outer Banks: Just Imagine Your Favorite Outdoor Place…

OBX Outer Banks, NC – Now that the spell of NE winds have subsided on the OBX, we begin to look at the upcoming SW opportunities and wavesailing potential for the east facing beaches. However, one dark stain on opportunity to enjoy the best breaks on the islands is the current state of access ramp closures along the east facing beaches. Basically every ramp is closed except for Ramp 30. The following is a guest writeup by Keith McCulloch: Just imagine your favorite outdoor place..maybe it is a mountain, a stream, a river, a lake, a beach, or a trail. Maybe its a place where your mom or dad introduced you to when your were a kid. A place that […]

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