Battle of the Banks tentatively scheduled for Saturday morning
We're in, we're out, we're in. Great for having sex. Not so great for a surf contest.
Then again, it is called "The Battle of the Banks," and that's what organizers, forecasters and competitors have been doing all week: battling over whether or not to run this team event that pits Virginia Beach surfers against Outer Banks surfers in a hunt for the hollowest foxholes. With winds looking squirrelly – but all the surfers already in town – they decided to meet on the beach Saturday morning and make a call. If the comp doesn't run, they've also added to the holding period to hedge their bets. (See full email below.)
So will it go? Maybe. Will the surf be as good as last year? Hell no. Still, with VB holding the 2008 crown, after team Outer Banks took the big individual wins, it all makes for more controversy in a contest born out of friendly conflict. Stay tuned for a full report of casualties and collateral damage.
Official event email:
IT’S STILL ON!!!!!??BATTLE OF THE BANKS 2009 IS A GO!!! THE GREEN-LIGHT WAS FLICKERING BUT WILL REMAIN ON FOR FIRST LIGHT SATURDAY MORNING. THE FORECAST HAS BEEN FLIP-FLOPPING BACK AND FORTH THIS WEEK AS MANY OF YOU ALREADY KNOW. THE SOLID NEWS IS THAT ALL INVITED SURFERS ARE ABLE TO ATTEND WHICH IS A COMPLETE STOKER. WE WILL BE HOSTING A COMPETITORS MEETING AT THE OB BREWING STATION FRIDAY NIGHT STARTING AT 8 PM AS SCHEDULED. THE COMPETITION FORMAT AND LOCATION WILL BE DISCUSSED SO WE ASK FOR ALL COMPETITORS, TRIALIST, AND ALTERNATES TO PLEASE ATTEND. IN THE CASE OF SUB-PAR/UNFAVORABLE CONDITIONS ON SATURDAY, TEAMS CAPTAINS WILL DELIBERATE WITH THERE RESPECTED SQUADS AND BE ASK TO COME UP WITH AN OVER-ALL CONSCIENTIOUS WHETHER TO GO FORTH AND RUN OR HOLD OFF FOR A MORE OPPORTUNE DAY. WITH THAT BEING SAID I KNOW MANY OF YOU HAVE PRIOR OBLIGATIONS TO ATTEND IN THE COMING WEEKS. SO WE HAVE DECIDED TO LENGTHEN THE WAITING PERIOD TIL NOVEMBER 30TH.