This weekend was a beautiful one in the Outer Banks. Temperatures were high with clear and sunny skies both Saturday and Sunday. However, the water temperature and the surf were not in our favor despite the summer heat.
Two weeks ago we were swimming in the cold but pretty Corolla ocean water. But water temperatures can be a fickle thing, especially with the Labrador Current, winds and other factors that change the Outer Banks water temperatures. This weekend it was c-o-l-d. Cold enough that we gave it a “two arms up.”
The wind came off the land for part of the weekend, bringing in a few biting flies to devour the ankles of every unsuspecting guest. This is why I recommend you always carry a small bottle of bug spray with you to the beach.
And the surf? Saturday there were a few small rolling waves, but nothing worth braving the cold waters to try and catch. My son was able to body board a few waves closer in, but only for a short amount of time. On Sunday nothing was breaking until it hit the edge of the sand, literally. This kept the children from even dipping their toes in to the cold waters.
Fortunately near sections H, I, J and K in Ocean Sands the water formed a few long tidal pools at high tide that enabled kids to paddle on body boards down a line of warmer “streams,” making the day perfect despite the cold ocean temperatures.
Perhaps next weekend will bring us warmer weather and better surf. But as I said to my oldest surfer, a day on the beach with no waves is better than a day at your desk in school. Happy Summer!SHARE