Words by John Streit. Photos by Tom Barbee

The vast majority of Virginia Beach surfers searching for sandbars on the Outer Banks hang a hard right on either US 158 East or NC 12 South in Kitty Hawk to begin their wave-hunting journey.

Sometimes, guys like S&A’s Shaun Devine and John Streit take a left down a surf trail less trodden – to the uncrowded and often wave-rich strands north of “Town” (Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills/Nags Head). Just ask them, and they’ll tell you of some of their most memorable surf sessions were logged at the handful of secret – and not-so-secret – breaks in Southern Shores, Duck, Pine Island and Corolla. On the right swell, these places can give Hatteras Island a surf quality run for its money.


While the conditions on Oct. 8 were far from the above description, good times supported a great cause at the third annual Throwdown North of Town surfing contest. Through John’s relationship with Mike Clark of Clark Shapes (S&A will soon carry our own label of board through Clark! Yes!),  an event sponsor, John and Shaun decided to make the drive to compete in the charity contest. This year’s beneficiary (it changes yearly) was the Outer Banks Cancer Center.


So in the name of that galvanizing cause, Shaun and John battled through the tough sledding of small, sloppy, onshore surf to snag two of six finals spots in the men’s 17-28 division. The boys ended up finishing fifth and fourth, respectively.


All-and-all, the dudes had a blast making new friends on the Outer Banks, catching up with old ones and trading waves on this beautiful day. Enjoy the photography by our friend Tom Barbee (check out Tom’s take on the day at his blog http://downonluckphotos.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/throwdown-north-of-town)


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