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October 4th, 2010:

2010 US National Surf Kayaking Championships and Island Waveski/Murky Water Battle for Hatteras Competitor Info:

Hello US National Surf Kayaking Championship entrants.

I am excited about the upcoming event this week and weekend, I hope all of you are as well .  It looks like we have a good chance for swell, we’ve got great judges lined up, we’ll be using locations that will be used in the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking, and we’ll no doubt have a great opportunity to enjoy some surf kayaking fellowship in one of our favorite surf kayak destinations.  In this email I will detail most aspects of the event, so please read carefully.

First of all, we are being given the opportunity to use the wonderful Hatteras National Seashore park to host this year’s Nationals event.  Thank you to the Parks Service for accommodating us.  We will be using two main breaks for the weekend.   Anthony Bell and Gordon Rock met with the Park Service today and in addition to us being allowed to use the “Old Lighthouse” location, we will also have the option to use “Frisco Bathhouse” break about ten minutes from the Lighthouse.

When using the Old Lighthouse location, we’ve been asked to drop our gear off at the break, but park our vehicles in the large parking lot to the right of the site.  We will have some folks on site to help direct you where to park.  Please adhere to this request, as we want to make a good impression (this is, after all, where the 2011 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS will be held!)  If we decide to use the Frisco Bathhouse break, parking is limited, so please carpool down there, it gets crowded when there are over 12 or so cars there.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Preliminary Meeting for those who have already arrived
We will meet Wednesday night at 6:30 PM at the Old Lighthouse site parking lot to discuss the details for events on thursday and friday.  Look for the congregation of boats!  Many people are arriving later in the week, so this meeting is not mandatory.

THURSDAY: Open Practice/Expression Session/Big Trick Contest
We will be using thursday to host some sort of expression session/big trick/best wave event, as well as open practice.  A great chance to have some fun at the event site and try out the break. More details will be announced later on the format of thursday’s events, but they will be optional and open to all competitors.

FRIDAY: Island Waveski and Murky Water present The Battle For Hatteras 8am-7pm – Old Lighthouse OR Frisco Bathhouse break
Friday we will run the entire Battle for Hatteras event that was postponed from 2008.  This event will feature teams of three people: 1 waveski, 1 HP kayaker, 1 IC kayaker, facing off against other teams to determine the champion of the Lighthouse.  Extra points will be given for including a woman competitor or junior on your team.  If you are planning on competing in the Battle for Hatteras, I need to know by WEDNESDAY.  There are some additional people who need spots on a team, so if you are looking for more team members, or you would like to join a team, let me know and I’ll help you get hooked up.  I know there is a need for more waveskis, so if anyone has an additional ski they can bring, please do.  Those teams that have already paid for their team entry (from the postponed 2008 event) you will NOT have to pay any additional fees.  Those teams that have not already paid for a team entry, there will be an additional fee.  Contact me for further details.  There will be lots of 2 person head to head heats, so this should be a fun and intense event, with the opportunity to show off your skills.  Teams are REQUIRED to bring a flag of some sort, and team spirit is fully encouraged.  Even if you are not planning to compete, it should be fun to watch.  The winning team will get three $200 gift certificates (not to be combined) from Island Waveski, three sets of Murky Water Flex Fins designed by Vince Shay, and other fabulous prizes, in addition to the giant Lighthouse trophy on which their names will be engraved for all time.  Bragging rights indeed.  There are additional trophies for the 4 top placing teams.  Again if you are planning on competing in the Battle for Hatteras, I need to know your team name, team members, and who is surfing in what position by Wednesday.  We will plan on starting at 8am and surfing until we are done with the B4H event.  We will monitor the surf and make all efforts to determine the location for the day’s activities by 7:00am.

FRIDAY NIGHT: 7:30pm – Parking Lot of the Croatoan Inn – Competitor’s Meeting
We will have a quick meeting for anyone arriving on Friday to discuss and update the plans for Saturday’s competition.  This will not be mandatory, but if you cannot make this meeting, be ready to surf at 8am on Saturday morning.  The Croatoan Inn is on the main road, near the entrance to the National Seashore Lighthouse site.

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY: ESKA presents the US National Surf Kayaking Championships 8am-7pm – Old Lighthouse OR Frisco Bathhouse break
The main event will occur all day on saturday and sunday.  We will determine the location for each day’s events by 7:30am each morning and plan to be on the water by 8am.  As is normally the case, we will begin with the Grand Master’s IC class each day (because we all know old folks are used to getting up early to get the early bird special at their favorite breakfast place).  We reserve the right to surf until 7pm on Sat and Sun, so be prepared for that.  If we can finish earlier each day we will.  All National Championship classes will run on these two days.  Look for the schedule of heats to be posted each morning, and be aware that the schedule may change due to surf conditions, judges breaks, emergencies, etc.  Keep checking the event board all day to stay abreast of the schedule.

SATURDAY EVENING: ESKA Cookout at the Croatoan Inn – approx 1 hour after the last heat of the day.
We will be grilling out at the Croatoan Inn on Saturday evening.  All competitors are invited.  The ESKA will provide some burgers, plates, buns, condiments, chips, and charcoal for everyone.  If you’d like to bring something fancier or more exciting to throw on the grill, feel free.  There are some local fish markets that you can grab some good seafood for grilling.  I’ll need a few people to volunteer to help cook.  Please let me know if you are willing to help out.  This will be a good chance for us all to get together and talk trash about the day’s events, share stories and lies, and get to know each other better (though I know most of you far too well already)

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Awards Giving (30 minutes after the last heat) – CroatoanInn Pool
We will give out awards for the entire event by the pool at the Croatoan Inn on Sunday afternoon.  Be there or miss out!  (You will likely wind up in the pool so dress accordingly)

The theme for the entire event will be good sportsmanship and camaraderie.  We have top competitors from California, the UK, Basque, and all over the east Coast that will be attending this year’s US National Championships.  I hope those of you who have been to many events will welcome all of the competitors who have less experience.  I hope some of you who have not competed internationally will take the chance to meet some of the international competitors attending this event.  Events like this are a great opportunity to share information and learn from each other.  Most of all I’m personally looking forward to surfing with you all again.

We have Will Brooks and James Shelton serving as our head judges.  James has many years experience as an ESKA head judge, and Will has served as judge and head judge for three World Championships of Surf Kayaking events.  They are bringing an experienced panel of board surfing judges to give you top notch judging for the entirety of the US Nationals event.  Many of these judges will also be serving on the judges panel for the 2011 World Championships of Surf Kayaking that will take place in OBX in the fall of 2011.

The weekend will be a little cooler than normal for this time of year, so pack accordingly for the water and standing on the beach.  Highs will be in the 70s, but we are forcasted to have sunshine throughout the latter half of the week.

I will be sending a second email out tomorrow with general rules and some other bits of info including some safety concerns.  I am staying at the Croatoan Inn.  My car is a black honda element with a gold Smith Optics sticker on the back.  Feel free to call me or text at 803.238.0432 or email me at with any questions.

As with any surf kayaking event, everything is subject to change based on surf conditions, weather, or other factors.  When and if things are changing, we will do everything we can to notify you of those changes, but stay alert, and don’t hesitate to ask questions.

If you are unaware of where the “Old Lighthouse Site” is, it is easy to find once you reach Buxton, NC. and any of the locals can point you in the right direction.  Here is a google maps link.
The Frisco location we may also be using is further south, and we can provide more detailed directions during one of our meetings this week.

Two more things: Any official announcements of where we will be surfing, or of any additional meetings, will be posted on the side of the Port-o-lets at the Old Lighthouse site!  If you get lost/confused/don’t know where to go, look for information there!  Also I need to get a signed ACA waiver from every competitor.  You MUST sign the waiver before competition, so make sure to find me if you do not make it to one of the competitor meetings before hand.

Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Joey Hall