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