If the Outer Banks of North Carolina were a style of facial hair, they’d be that really thin sideburn/chin strap found on most Eminem-worshipping, diamond-earring-toting, Malibu’s-Most-Wanted-style white people.
And that’s not just a cartographical analysis. There are actually a lot of meth and heroin addicts on the Banks. That’s what happens when you live on a strip of sand small enough to throw a rock one way and hit the ocean, then throw a rock the other way and hit the sound. It’s called isthmus fever. Boredom leads to experimentation, experimentation leads to more enthusiastic experimentation which leads to crazy thin sideburns then dead.
The only way to escape the cycle is to embrace your imprisoning waters, and also maybe find God. Christianity is like… real big ’round those parts. Footage by Jeffrey O’Neil
Brett Barley had just returned from a photo trip to Panama to find his beloved Outer Banks beachbreaks holding tubes and ramps galore. And with an additional hour of daylight -- what's a pro to do but pack and punt all dang day? Videography: Jeffrey O'Neil
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The North Shore is a hive of activity this time of year. Here team Reef take a wander from their house at Off The Wall and display the typical high performance shredding we come to expect each season. Evan Geisleman, Mitch Crews, Kai Otton, Taylor Knox, Mikala Jones, Billy Kemper & Thiago "Shrimpy" Camarao make the most of their front row seats at Off The Wall. See more sick stories and clips at www.tracksmag.com
The Outer Banks is not an easy place to live. Cape Hatteras is not an easy place to get noticed. And the Lighthouse is not an easy place to surf. Brett Barley does it all better than most. Here, he gives us an insider's view of the East Coast's most notorious barreling lefthander.
Video: Ryan Moss
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