Yeah I cross the bay bridge at Annapolis. That's about the midway point of my drive. Man I don't know about the 3/2 wetsuit in early April. I was at my low-end of tolerance in 70 degree air w/ sun and 59 degree water temp in early November. I think if I had boots that would really help. My feet were is serious pain for the first 5 minutes until they went totally numb. Then I was ok for about an hour max.tomcat360 wrote:Nahhhh you can get back in the water in eh....beginning of April with a 3/2. I used to water ski last weekend of March with a 2/1 shortie. ok, that was cold, but I didn't die
Apparently the currents change between Virginia and Maryland, so VaB would be like 15 degrees warmer than the eastern shore.
And I might have to challenge the flatness capital of the world....if we have waves the size of a johnboat wake we're on it.
Sucks to be 4 hours away from waves....I feel your pain. I guess you have to go down to the bay bridge?
Warenton has to be a hike worse than my Frederick, MD hike to the waves. I think you're 1-2 mountain ranges farther west. I surfed at Nags Head (rented a house right across street from pier...wish I was a much better surfer though) for 7 days last summer. OBX rocks. Its a great surfers vacation site. Even though I was trying to surf for the 1st time, I talked to alot of surfers while I was down there, all were very courteous and gave me lots of helpful hints and encouragement...no attitude. I've never stayed up in Duck. I've stayed in Kill Devil Hills Nags Head area whenver I've gone. I hear Duck is nice. We took a drive down to the cape. South of Oregon Inlet is like entering another world. If I take the family down to OBX again, I'd like to rent a place down in Avon, Corrolla or somewhere further south. Its a longer drive but its soooo laid back! Water is much warmer at the Cape as well where the warm gulf stream slams into it. Water temp was 10 degrees warmer at the Cape than Nags Head which was only around 70 miles north or so.NOVASurf wrote:Drive from Warrenton to beach = pain in my arse! Grew up in CA. (Dana Point, San Clemente) and used to surf & body board every day....sigh..... Now I get out maybe once or twice a year for a week or so. In Sept. going to have 7 days in Duck, NC!!!
Hey Tomcat, do you actually live near the beach (i.e. get to walk out and see the conditions?) or did you get the info from website (Magicseaweed etc.)? I've always been curious if the websites are accurate or not if there is a sudden unexpected change in the forecast.tomcat360 wrote:I checked the surf last Sunday (possibility of going, despite the utter coldness) and it was crap knee high mush. Checked it Monday outta sheer curiosity and it was clean head high!!!!
I didn't see that one coming.....at alll.....
It sounds like you have a system worked out pretty good. I've been checking Magicseaweed.com for swell heights etc from the NOAA bouys and such. Mid-Atlantic area has been getting no reports the last few weeks. I'll have to checkout wetsand.com. I haven't been on that site yet.tomcat360 wrote:Nope, I don't live at the beach, I base all of my stuff off of NOAA data off of the bouys and occassionally get a hand from wetsand.com
And then I try to compare what my prediction is to the atual thing, which I check on numerous cameras and such. I've got it worked out decently, but really I'm limited to surfing the weekends and such. I think I usually can predict what the surf is like around 3/4 of the time. (I mean, to a degree, such as, waist high clean, or whatever)
In the summer time, we usually get very similar waves to Wilmington Beach, only a day later, which is super convienent, considering that there is a great site that always puts up pictures of the day and also has the report, water temp, wind speed, and also a live streaming camera that can stream all day if you want.
www.wblivesurf.com if you were curious.
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