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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby ThistleSailorKC » Tue Sep 06, 2016 7:02 pm

grigorib wrote:
FLandOBX wrote:
grigorib wrote:In Rodanthe south of shipwreck, or almost anywhere, just walk out a bit and ride
He said soundside. No shipwrecks in the sound, my friend.
Sure there is! Lydia Ann, sank 1895
I ride there a lot

https://www.google.com/maps/place/35%C2 ... -75.473559

She sticks out of water and is rusty and dangerous as it can be, be careful!

So to be clear, you're foiling there a lot, south of the shipwreck, and it's deep enough to go places? Heading up in a few weeks deciding to foil or not to foil.

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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby FLandOBX » Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:08 am

You'll have to go out roughly half a mile anywhere on the sound-side to get adequate depth to foil.

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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby grigorib » Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:00 pm

ThistleSailorKC wrote:
grigorib wrote:
FLandOBX wrote:He said soundside. No shipwrecks in the sound, my friend.
Sure there is! Lydia Ann, sank 1895
I ride there a lot

https://www.google.com/maps/place/35%C2 ... -75.473559

She sticks out of water and is rusty and dangerous as it can be, be careful!

So to be clear, you're foiling there a lot, south of the shipwreck, and it's deep enough to go places? Heading up in a few weeks deciding to foil or not to foil.

I foil there every time I go to OBX. Last I rode there two weeks ago and I'm heading back coming weekend.
The spot south of the shipwreck is great and you have to walk about hundred yards before you can start foiling (I ride on medium sized 35" mast). Take the foil with you!

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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby tmcfarla » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:25 pm

Thanks, I'll definitely check out South of Shipwreck next time I'm down there. Is there any public access near there?

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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby grigorib » Thu Sep 22, 2016 5:40 pm

tmcfarla wrote:Thanks, I'll definitely check out South of Shipwreck next time I'm down there. Is there any public access near there?
Unfortunately no public access. We rented a house right in front of it and that did it. Houses south of the channel would work out too.

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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby Dspace » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:37 am

Thought I would revive this thread since I live here and started foiling this summer. If you're visiting I'll add one spot several of us locals like to foil. It's the soundside event site in Nags Head just before the causeway connecting Nags Head to Roanoke Island. We ride it on S-SW-W-NW wind days. No summer grass or long knee deep shallows like Rodanthe, Avon and Buxton. 20 yards to 4 ft depth and you can work your way out to 5+ ft pretty quickly. Most of us still ride shorter masts (60-75cm) here but you could pull off 90cm if there is enough west in the wind (higher water level). We don't always get the same wind strengths up here like they do in Rodanthe-Avon but you obviously don't need it for foiling (I get away with 6M on the strong days and 10M on lighter days). On the strong days or building thermal days (S-SW), grab your tt after foiling and there is a nice slick behind Big Penquin island to ride.

To much east in the wind and it gets shallower and gusty. Ocean side is generally better up here with N-NE-E-SE wind directions, though I haven't graduated to ocean foiling yet. Our kiteable ocean conditions can be pretty messy at best, and the beaches up here are busy with vacationers in the summer. Oceanside here is much quieter, and more fun in the fall and spring
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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby davesails7 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:13 pm

Dspace wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:37 am
It's the soundside event site in Nags Head just before the causeway connecting Nags Head to Roanoke Island.
Awesome thanks! You can just park at the event site and ride off the beach there?

The NOAA chart shows this area as pretty shallow. You think I'd be able to foil there at all with 1m mast?
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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby cwood » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:43 pm

South end of Avon near the creek I had many sessions on 101 Vorace. Good body drag practice out and in but just fine. I did hit a number of rays though.

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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby BWD » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:47 pm

I've ridden often at the nags head event site/windmill Point spot and would not be eager to foil there with a >70cm mast. There are many shallow areas where you would have a hard time restarting if you come off foil, unless you are very good, have a short mast, and/or ride overpowered.
My peeve about the area is too many times i scrap bottom with my surfboard fins, if I ride (too) near the islands.

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Re: Outer Banks foiling spots

Postby AGK » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:52 pm

BWD wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:47 pm
I've ridden often at the nags head event site/windmill Point spot and would not be eager to foil there with a >70cm mast. There are many shallow areas where you would have a hard time restarting if you come off foil, unless you are very good, have a short mast, and/or ride overpowered.
My peeve about the area is too many times i scrap bottom with my surfboard fins, if I ride (too) near the islands.
We foil at the Nags Head Event Site all the time with 60 to 75 cm masts (I use 60) -- once you know where the shallows are, it works fine, and the bottom is soft enough that we've never damaged wings or fuselages hitting bottom Worst case is you have to walk a minute or two to get to navel-deep water. Out beyond the second island it's fine everywhere. But it is just too shallow (except on exceptionally high water) to use a full-size mast.


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