Day one of the 2012 AWT Hatteras Wave Jam began with side-on conditions at Ramp 30 located just north of Avon, North Carolina. A talented youth heat was sent out to test the light-ish 10-15 knot winds and sizeable pounding waves and the heat had to be abandoned due to not quite enough wind. Conditions didn’t improve throughout the day so no heats were held on day one. Most riders did get on the water at some point to test the conditions, but there were a few too many casualties in the pounding head-high shorebreak. Day two of competition will be moved to a site known as the Bathhouse, which will offer smaller waves but pure down-the-line riding conditions. We are looking forward to a great day.
Everyone headed to local shop Wind-NC for the evening’s party and a wave clinic given by Andy McKinney. After a tough day on the water all the amateurs, masters and youth gained some helpful knowledge on how to deal with and have a lot more fun in the sometimes challenging Hatteras conditions.