Some of the top surfers on the East Coast and beyond will converge on the south beach for the annual WRV Outer Banks Pro presented by Pacifico surf contest starting this Wednesday, Aug. 29 and rolling right into Labor Day weekend.

Be sure to check out these pro athletes competing in heats for thousands of dollars in prizes. This is a World Surf League qualifying event for men and women so look for plenty of high speed maneuvers, tricks and barrel rides if the conditions cooperate.

Last year, a tropical storm kicked up the surf for some “epic” conditions. In addition, the Wave Riding Vehicles staff operates a trendy pop-up store in the parking lot where you can purchase hats, T-shirts, and posters. There’s also a VIP tent courtesy of Pacifico and others.

Be sure to pack up your crew and hit our beaches for a day sun, surf, sand and tan. For more, go to waveridingvehicles.com.

Try crabbing for dinner

One of the great aspects of fishing on Jennette’s Pier has to do with the wide variety of species anglers can target during summer. Last week, a few big time king mackerel were landed on the end of the pier. Additional summer species include blues, cobia, croaker, flounder, sea mullet, spadefish and Spanish mackerel.

At the other end of the spectrum, visiting first timers in our Fishing 101 class were catching small pigfish and croakers. Pigfish? Yes, pigfish. You can hear them grunt when you put one up to your ear.

People also enjoy crabbing from Jennette’s Pier. Ron Robbins, a regular from Manteo, had his limit, 50 blue crabs, before lunch time the other day. He fishes every day pretty much and a while back he decided to use a round hoop net style crab trap in between checking his fishing lines.

Now, he’s turned it into a super way to feed himself a balanced supper – crabs and fish. Working the trap is easy too. Just put your bait in the middle, chicken necks work good, and lower it down to the bottom.

Wait a few minutes and, voila, you may have a delicious blue crab in the middle and perhaps even two. Bring a tape measure as they have to be 5 inches across from point to point to be legal but you can keep up to 50 a day.

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