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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Updated: November 9, 5:51 PM ET
Blogging From the Banks: Entry Three, Water Water Everywhere.

Well, the Outer Banks looked more like the Outer Swamps today, as this system sat on us for the third day in a row. The sun broke out a bit yesterday evening, but that was just a cruel joke.

The sun came out once since Sunday, for about ten minutes.

Last night, we went up to the abode of ever-politically aware Surfing Magazine Senior Editor, Matt Walker and his (far) better half, Media Sales Guru, Laurin. We enjoyed a great dinner and watched the results of the historic election come in with Surfline Forecaster, Kurt Korte.

And although I'm already pulling for Nader in 2012, it was one of the first uplifting moments in American politics that most young people have ever witnessed. For the bodysurf video, check the last post.

Pro environment, anti funshape.

We then made the mistake of trying to drive from Kitty Hawk to Avon, while the rain continued to pile up on the road. My car became a sieve, with water rushing in from every window and crevice. There were times that we couldn't see where the Atlantic Ocean started and the puddles ended, but Highway 12 was under there somewhere. The whole drenching journey took about 2 hours. Right after we drove through, officials closed the road. Good thing we were so uplifted.

Today, much of Avon is underwater. We found a few corners in the 40 mph north gusts at Frisco and now the wind is offshore here. Kind of looks like a small day on the North Shore, minus the channel, reef, sunlight and semblance of organization. This one's going to take a while to iron out, but I'm sure Will Skudin is out there somewhere, towing into some mounds.

This is Highway 12, after some of the water receded.

And to fill you in on recent happenings, Nat Young, who will remember 2008 fondly for the next few decades, just won the National Rip Curl Grom Search at Salt Creek. You may recall his performance earlier this year at the NSSA Nationals and his victory at the O'Neill Coldwater Classic. If he can win a 4-star, a grom contest should be easier than a running take off at the Lane. (Would somebody get that kid some shades that fit?)

Meanwhile, the number of box jellies on the North Shore were extraordinarily high after the recent full moon. These translucent little buggers are painful and can cause anaphalactic shock in some people, according to the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association. They already seem to be dissipating, however.

Longboarders invade San O for a few days (for a change.)

And the Oxbow World Longboard Championships are going on this week at San O. Loggers such as current ratings leader Harley Ingleby (AUS), Phil Rajzman (BRA), Bonga Perkins (HAW) and local standout Colin McPhillips (USA) will be cross stepping to world dominance this week.

Check it out. My man, Jake Howard is going to be handling blog angles from the West Coast, while I continue to hold it down, back East.

Kurt seems to think that tomorrow's going to be aces here. —Jon Coen