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Chasing Hurricane Earl On The Outer Banks

The makings for a perfect day on the Outer Banks: Cooler full of food and drink, hot girlfriend on the beach for post session massage, umbrella for shade, backup board, and a few bros to share barrels with all day. Photo: Stafford/SPL
The makings for a perfect day on the Outer Banks: Cooler full of food and drink, hot girlfriend on the beach for post session massage, umbrella for shade, consistent hurricane swell, backup board, and a few bros to share barrels with all day. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Michael Dunphy made the three-hour drive from Virginia Beach to the Outer Banks and scored with the boys. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Michael Dunphy made the three-hour drive from Virginia Beach to the Outer Banks and scored with the boys. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Jeff Myers on the Outer Banks during Hurricane Earl. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Jeff Myers on the Outer Banks during Hurricane Earl. Photo: Stafford/SPL
North Carolina's own Ben Bourgeois enjoying his favorite time of the year at one of his favorite spots in the world. Photo: Stafford/SPL
North Carolina's own Ben Bourgeois enjoying his favorite time of the year at one of his favorite spots in the world. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Alek Parker and Brett Barley might be rethinking their decision to come in after seeing Fisher Heverly get spat out of this little barrel. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Alek Parker and Brett Barley might be rethinking their decision to come in after seeing Fisher Heverly get spat out of this little barrel. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Hurricane Earl generated surf rolls into the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Despite doomsday predictions, the Outer Banks were relatively unscathed by Earl. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Hurricane Earl generated surf rolls into the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Despite doomsday predictions, the Outer Banks were relatively unscathed by Earl. Photo: Stafford/SPL
After some heavy rains courtesy of earl, the waves in the Outer Banks turned into chocolate barrels. Photo: Stafford/SPL
After some heavy rains courtesy of Earl, the waves in the Outer Banks turned into chocolate barrels. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Mr. Hurricane Hunter himself, Alek Parker, parks it in an Outer Banks barrel. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Mr. Hurricane Hunter himself, Alek Parker, parks it in an Outer Banks barrel. Photo: Stafford/SPL

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Ben Bourgeois. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Ben Bourgeois. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Another one of North Carolina's finest, this time Jesse Hines, gets shacked just after Hurricane Earl brushed by the Outer Banks. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Another one of North Carolina's finest (this time Jesse Hines) gets shacked just after Hurricane Earl brushed by the Outer Banks. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Despite not helping with the cooler, odds are that the guy in front will want one of those cold beers after getting barreled off his nut for three hours. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Despite not helping with the cooler, odds are that the guy in front will want one of those cold beers after getting barreled off his nut for three hours. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Why the disparity in the water color in this gallery? Pretty simple; before the storm hit, the water was nice and blue, after the rains and flooding, it turned to a chocolate colored mess. Michael Powell in pre-storm bliss. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Why the disparity in the water color in this gallery? Pretty simple; before the storm hit, the water was nice and blue, after the rains and flooding, it turned to a chocolate colored mess. Michael Powell in pre-storm bliss. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Poor man's Pipeline on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with Hunter Heverly. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Poor man's Pipeline on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with Hunter Heverly. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Evan Geiselman. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Evan Geiselman. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Gnarly Brett Barley in his Outer Banks home waters. Photo: Stafford/SPL
Gnarly Brett Barley in his Outer Banks home waters. Photo: Stafford/SPL
It's fair to say that the surf on the East Coast has been shitting on that of the West Coast of late... Fisher Heverly. Photo: Stafford/SPL
It's fair to say that the surf on the East Coast has been shitting on that of the West Coast of late... Fisher Heverly. Photo: Stafford/SPL
The decrepit Avon Pier makes it through yet another hurricane... Photo: Stafford/SPL
The decrepit Avon Pier makes it through yet another hurricane... Photo: Stafford/SPL