Apr 17, 2013
Author: Pete Hardie twitter.com/pjhardie
Over the last week or so, our usual SW wind pattern has settled in and sessions are in full flow. It seems like we have skipped spring and moved straight into summer.
What kind of conditions can I expect over the next few weeks?
Lot’s of SW wind mixed in with a few days of NE wind. The South West allows you to ride at all of your favorite soundside flat-water spots: Planet of the Apes, Kite Point, Chimi House and more. If you prefer to ride in the waves, SW wind always kicks up a fun waist to head high wind swell on the south side.
If you are looking for a serious adventure and to kite somewhere new, purchase an ORV permit from the National Park Service ($50 for a week / $120 for a year). There are plenty of unexplored sessions to be had all over the island in both flat-water and waves so go explore! If you and your friends want to turbo-charge your sessions – the REAL Guide Service is well worth a look.
More about ORV use: (http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm)
What about NE days?
North East wind in the spring usually brings beautiful weather and fun waves on the north side. Either set up an Ocean downwinder or post up at your favorite spot and get to work! Alternatively, you can always satisfy your flat-water urges with a slick session at Kite Point.
What’s the water temperature?
At this time of year you should expect a big difference between the Ocean and the Sound so make sure you bring the correct gear depending on your chosen session.
In the Sound, the water is already a comfortable 68 degrees fahrenheit and will be getting warmer and warmer every day. Currently we are riding in shorties or very thin full suits but expect to be in trunks within the next couple of weeks!
If you are riding in the Ocean the temperature will be around 60 Degrees fahrenheit so a 3/2 or 4/3 full suit is required with boots. This will warm up over the next couple of months and you should expect to be able to session in trunks by the beginning of June.
Working on your skills?
Spring in Cape Hatteras provides some of the best learning conditions imaginable no matter what your level. If you are looking to work on your skills and improve your riding, make you sure you check out, the REAL lesson center REAL’s kiteboarding lessons and kite camps.
2013 Spring Cape Hatteras updates provided by REAL Kiteboarding