Aside from just the scenery, convenience, and fun long waves, these sandbars can light up when storms are just southeast of the Outer Banks.
One example would be Hurricane Bertha a few years ago. It was small in the morning, and I thought like I have many times before “should’ve gone down south.” I ended up going to lunch with my brother and a buddy because we were thinking that the storm wasn’t going to do much and that buoys would stay small up north in Corolla.
When the tires hit the hot sand going back to the house after lunch, we noticed a four-foot wave that broke right on the sand. In front of the beach access, there is never usually a great sandbar, but it can give you an indication of the size. We were slightly optimistic after the pretty average morning. The beach was lined with cars since it was a sunny day in July. As we approached the sandbars we longboard all the time, there was a gap in the cars and all three of us got a glimpse of a perfect shoulder high right go all the way down the beach until it ended on the sand.
We raced down the beach to the house, switched out the longboards, and hustled back. For the next 4 hours, we traded perfect chest-to-head-high waves all to ourselves with no one else out for miles.