I bought a new DSLR in the spring for use in the Voice. I've been playing with the telephoto lenses and other add-ons just to get used to them. The waves last Sunday at Barnes Street in Nags Head were far-from-gnarly; in fact, mostly non-existent. I'd guess about 1-2 feet about the time I got there (around 5:30 PM). Even folks on those sponge-board "starter" surfboards had a difficult time getting a ride. But, once in a while, even a small wave had a long enough break to catch a reasonably long, if not life-threatening ride. [Click on image to get a larger image]
Skim boarders were giving it their best, but the small waves led to even smaller shore break. The new breed of skimmers (as opposed to my age group, some thirty years ago) likes to skim the shore then turn into the shore break. If the break is large enough, they can pull a U-turn and "surf" the skim back to shore on the break..or, if the shore break is really large and the water deeper, they will ride into the break, launch from the board and perform aerial somersaults and other acrobatics in the one foot deep water. Today, just skimming and a slow, boring fade away...but the water droplets on the pix are pretty cool!