Last updated on September 24th, 2018 In the wake of Hurricane Florence, many residents of the Outer Banks are counting their blessings and rallying to assist our North Carolina neighbors inland and to the south. Although the damage to our area was minimal, there are numerous signs of the presence of a hurricane on our beaches. Mother ocean has been angry, with huge waves due to the passing storm. The rough hurricane swell prompted local emergency management officials to prohibit swimming in the Atlantic Ocean altogether up until Monday morning. With the swimming prohibition lifted and the waves much cleaner, local conditions are just right for experienced surfers to have some fun. Each year, the Outer Banks hosts a variety of surfing competitions in the late summer timeframe. Many surfers travel from afar, and many more are locals, privileged to be surfing in their own backyard. The Eastern Surfing Association, which is the largest amateur surfing organization in the world, is holding one of their biggest competitions of the year, The Easterns®, this week at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. We cruised down to Jennette’s Pier this morning to catch some of the action and we were not disappointed. The Easterns® are happening now through Saturday, September 22nd at Jennette’s Pier. A surfing competition is an exciting event to watch, even if you know little about the sport. Not on the Outer Banks right now? Watch the surfing competition via live stream.