// // Kiteboarding
Cape Hatteras lures Surfers and Kiters from around the world because of the extreme weather conditions this island undergoes throughout the year. From macking surf, to cranking wind, from beautiful sunsets to harsh hurricanes and costal flooding, Hatteras Island sees it all!
In the winter the tourists stop coming, most business’ close up shop for the winter and things tend slow down… a lot! For the few “locals” that inhabit the island year round, this is a time of ‘Solo Sessions’, a time to get out and enjoy the elements without the masses of weekend beachgoers that plague the island the other 4 months of the year. In order to survive the quiet winter evenings, you either find something self destructive to do (drink) or something productive to do (maintain a personal website!).
For the athletes that hang around in the winter you’re treated to at least one consistent swell of pumping surf a week and all the cold wind you can handle. There are many sessions to be had… the only question, “is my wetsuit dry?”
Last Sunday I scored a fun southside kitesurf session with my friends Trevor and Pat. The wind was cranking in the low 30′s and the boys and I grabbed a few of the new 2010 kites to put them through their paces in the intense conditions. The waves consisted of wind swell in the waist to chest high range, but it was still enough to have fun with and get in a few fun hacks.
After our morning session in the ocean Pat, Trevor and I headed back up to the REAL Slick to score a flatwater session. The wind was cranking, the air was warm, and it was enough to remind me of why I decided to stay on this desolate little island throughout the winter… good times with friends and some of the best conditions in the world!