summer and fall surfing on Hatteras
Free Press photographer Daniel Pullen didn’t get to surf or photograph
surfing as much as he would have liked from late summer into the fall.
Hurricane Irene got in the way.
hurricane came ashore south of Hatteras on Aug. 27, and storm surge
from the Pamlico Sound cut several new inlets between Rodanthe and the
Bonner Bridge, closing down Highway 12 for about six weeks.
lives in Buxton, and his home was not damaged. But his
was. His day job is as a wedding photographer, which he is very good
at, and the closed highway made life difficult, if not impossible.
on Hatteras, of course, had to be moved or rescheduled, and some of
Pullen’s business is north of the bridge. Commuting on the slow and
tedious emergency ferries just wasn’t going to work.
So the Pullens became refugees from Hatteras.
week or so after the storm, Daniel and his wife, Kate, and their two
children relocated to Kitty Hawk so they could keep working.
were there for about seven weeks, first living in a friend’s basement
and then moving to a rented house.
Besides missing home and
having to enroll his children in a new school for a brief period,
Daniel laments the “fun days” of surfing he missed here on Hatteras.
Despite that, he did manage to get some terrific surfing photos and
other images of Hatteras after Irene.
photos in his slide show were taken between mid-August and late
November at the Lighthouse Beach and the beaches between Buxton and
Avon, in Rodanthe, and just north of the S-curves.
the surfing was pretty good right after Hurricane Irene, but was better
when hurricanes Katia and Maria passed several hundred miles offshore
of the island.
“It’s always better in the smaller storms that pass offshore than the
ones that hit us,” says Pullen.
“I wish I would have had more time to shoot during those storms, but I
had other things to take care of – family and bills.”
Other than the hurricanes passing offshore, he says it has been a
relatively slow fall for surf on the island.
he’s not complaining because the weather has been beautiful right into
December and he’s been able to take his kids to the beach.
hoping for a mild winter, so, now that he is back at home, he can keep
bringing Island Free Press readers images from the island.
the slide show, be sure to notice the lightning on the horizon in the
beautiful photo of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse at night.
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