Canadian Hole. Probably the best known windsuring spot in Hatteras, in fifteen trips to the Outer Banks I had never actually sailed there (well, once did some nonplaning freestyle for thirty minutes, but no footstraps were involved. There was no kicking up of spray.)
So I went, and wrapped up my minivacation to Hatteras with a few hours of 7.0 sailing amidst the amiable crowd of windsurfers and kiters. Jibes, 360’s, push tacks, duck 360’s, backwind jibes etc…all the carving big-sail freestyle I could muster kept me happily busy skimming across those famous shallows. I started to get cocky, and so of course stuck the fin in the shallows for a not-too-bad face plant. Or two.
Then the wind backed down and I spent an hour talking with Rochester windsurfers Gary and Michael. Gary hooked me up with a new yoga program that I want to try, and Michael told me stories about meeting Aaron the Human Catapult. The perfect stuff to dry off to before heading back to New York.
This was my sixteenth trip to Cape Hatteras, and I pulled off four firsts: First OBX wave experience (which means I've completed a New Year's Resolution,) first session sharing the water with dolphins, first Canadian Hole session, and first time camping out of the van (that should get its own post...)