Photos by Katie Slater, Shaun Devine, Angela Kirkland, Ricky Miller, Jill Thomas, John Streit & Wes Johnson.

After five long weeks of marginally rideable surf, it has been more than refreshing to see the Atlantic come alive and send much-needed swell to Virginia Beach and Sandbridge. Though more fun days have unfolded in the Outer Banks, even those locals have been fiending for something more solid. Our latest pulse of low pressure provided several days in a row of surf of varying sizes and moods. From drifty northeast sweepers to clean cylindrical shorebreak drainers, this swell showed many faces through its duration. Naturally, our team of contributors went to work documenting this preview of the more swell productive seasons ahead of us. While we still await the first legit hurricane swell of 2015, surfing for three or four days in a row close to home is all you can ask for in early August.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015: Outer Banks, N.C. Photo: Devine.
Shaun Devine takes a mental vacation. Photo: Slater.
Slab-tastic voyage by Shaun Devine. Photo: Slater.
Brian "The Barrel Hound" Bassett right at home. Photo: Slater.
Flashback to Sunday morning in Sandbridge with S&A team rider Coeltryn Kirkland. Photo: Kirkland.
S&A team rider Addison Kirkland laid back at home. Photo: Kirkland.
It's been awesome to see the Kirkland boys improve with each passing swell. Rhett is really starting to turn some heads himself! Photo: Kirkland.
Keaton Kirkland is probably getting barreled as you read this! Photo: Kirkland.
A big turn from big bro Coeltryn. Photo: Kirkland.
Inside a Rodanthe drainer from the lens of our Catch Surf rep Ricky Miller.
S&A owner Rob Lindauer bashes the coping in Sandbridge on Monday afternoon. Photo: Streit.
Longtime S&A rider Eric Coulson couldn't catch that ball, but he caught a ton of great waves during this Monday Sandbridge session. Photo: Streit.
Wes Johnson was amped to crack the lip a few times at home before embarking on a long WRV sales trip. Photo: Streit.
S&A team rider Julian Smith with the inside rock-n-roll. Photo: Johnson.
John Streit. Photo: Johnson.
Hunter Thomas, our team SUP rider, tweaks out a big turn on the new S&A Disruptor. 1 of 5. Photo: Thomas.
Hunter Thomas, 2 of 5. Photo: Thomas.
Hunter Thomas, 3 of 5. Photo: Thomas.
Hunter Thomas, 4 of 5. Photo: Thomas.
Hunter Thomas, 5 of 5. Photo: Thomas.
Back to the power of the OBX. Shaun Devine hits the eject button. Photo: Slater.
Brian Bassett locked in this beachy gem. Photo: Slater.

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