Hatteras kicks ass, I learned there 4 years ago and have been going back every chance since.
Are and windguru forecasts accurate for Hatteras in general?
No, not really any accurate forcasts for out there according to the locals, the weather changes so fast.
The forecast is for N and NE winds, so it looks like downwinders from Real (Waves) are south bound, what it a safe/good place to get out and hitch back (sound side)?
The best bet is talk to the guys at Real, they are all very friendly and will hook you up with all the info you need.
North winds are gusty but rideable in waves on the sound, s-nw are better. NE is side off and unrideable on the sound unless you have a jetski to come get you. On a north or NW launch at barton's Hatteras Island sail shop, just north of Real (and stop accross the road at top dog for killer burgers and sandwiches after riding), Real is not a public launch and although they would probably let you if you asked nicely they are trying to organise students and gear and you will be in the way. Anyway, ride downwind from bartons, past real to the slick, unfortunatly it will be gusty on a north, keep going from there to Salvo Day use area, which is just south of town, or keep going to planet of the apes for more flat water action, the landing area is another half mile plus downwind of the planet slick, make sure you know where this is ahead of time as it is very easy to miss. Bartons to Salvo is about 2 1/2 miles. Bartons to Planet is 7-8 miles. If you feel strong and adventureous you can keep going to Avon and any # of landing sites, But you're looking at a min. of another 12-15 miles past planet with very few access points to the hwy so be sure the wind is going to hold up.
If you are an intermediate to advanced rider the ocean is awsome on N and NE and offers endless downwinders. For sound riding on NE your choices are Kitepoint south of avon or a few Frisco sites.
Is it really that easy to hitch back?
Not that easy, but not too hard either. Drop a car if possible, if you only have one try and meet up with some kiters to give you a ride back.
If you're going to hitch:
Keep a shirt on.
Dry off as best as possible.
Make sure you do it before dark, forget about it after that.
Does it make sense to bring a shorty?
Do you need booties?
If you can, or if you get cold, bring a shorty and definitly a thermal top. N winds can be cool. Unless you like booties forgetu'm, although there are alot of shells in the sound, and people do cut their feet, unless you are a beginner walking all the time and paranoid of getting cut forget them.
If you wake up and it's windy go riding, now. It dosn't nessasarilly blow all day, and you'll be kicking your self if you missed 2 hours of 20 knots so you could get breakfast.
Watch for thunderstorms, they come in fast.
stay out of the grass on the sound side, snakes.
Go surfing if there is no wind.
Have a great time, I always do.