Outer Banks Black Friday Deals 2015


The season of giving is nearly upon us! At the time of writing this post, Thanksgiving is less than 48 hours away and many people have already etched out a plan in regards to how they’d like to spend the a day that’s centered around giving thanks, spending time with family and friends, and eating a whole lot of delicious food.

There tends to be an influx in visitors to North Carolina’s Outer Banks during the holiday, as many people decide they’d rather spend Thanksgiving at the beach as opposed to at home where there may already be snow on the ground.

If you’re a local or just visiting for a few days and interested in taking advantage of some great Black Friday deals, consider visiting us at Kitty Hawk Kites, Life is Good, or Kitty Hawk Surf Co. on Friday.

Shop between 8 AM and 9 AM and you’ll save 40%; stuff everyone on your gift list’s stockings between 9 AM and 10 AM and save 30%; or visit us between 10 AM and close to save 20%. If you can’t make it out to the store on Friday, stop by this Saturday or Sunday to save 20% off your ticket.

You can save 40-20% off most everything in the store, however some restrictions do apply. If you’re unsure about what is and is not on sale, simply ask one of our store managers or sales associates while you’re shopping. Please note: This sale is valid on regularly priced merchandise only. Some restrictions apply. Cannot be combined with any other offer.

So fill up on leftover turkey, pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and grandma’s green bean casserole and visit us on Black Friday to save big on kites, toys, Life is Good, games, footwear, surfboards, skateboards and more. And if you’d rather leave the cooking and cleaning to someone else this Thursday, we invite you to dine with us at Good Winds Restaurant in Rodanthe, NC.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Kitty Hawk Kites, Kitty Hawk Surf Co. and Life is Good!


Fall OBX Kiteboarding Is Spectacular

Kiteboarding on a cool day with Waves Village Resort in the background.

Kiteboarding on a cool day with Waves Village Resort in the background.

While the rest of the Outer Banks begins to slow down as winter approaches, the kiteboarding world heats up. And it’s no wonder . . . the winds are shifting to the north and they’ll hold steady between 12-20mph for two or three days in a row. Not the best conditions for swimming and it tends to create a lot of chop in the ocean so surfers don’t like it, but for kiteboarder fall and winter on the Outer Banks is the best time of the year to get a great ride.

It would not have been a good day today with a steady rain, but the next few days look almost ideal—especially for more experienced kiteboarder with winds forecast to blow at  25mph with some slightly higher gusts. Plenty of sunshine, too, on Friday and Saturday—although winds will be diminishing by Saturday afternoon.

Thanksgiving week is looking pretty good as well with winds forecast to hold steady between 10-15 mph.

The Kitty Hawk Kites Waves Village is the ideal location for a weekend getaway, long weekend or week vacation for kiteboarder. It’s ideal for just about anyone, but kiteboarder in particular will love its easy access to Pamlico Sound, amenities and knowledgeable staff.

For more experienced kiteboarders, the Atlantic Ocean is never far away—the new Rodanthe Beach Access is almost across the street from Waves Village Resort.

There is limited availability of lessons during the fall and winter so novices check us out online or give us a call at 877-359-8447. Kiteboarding is an exciting way to spend a day; it takes a couple of lessons to learn but just about anyone can learn it. After instruction and with some good advice, it’s on to the water and experiencing the thrill of skimming the water and lifting into the air.

Mike Appel Named 2015 Spark Award Winner


In February of 2013, we lost one of the most beloved members of the Kitty Hawk Kites crew. Zack Marzec started his career with the company as a dune hang gliding instructor and worked his way up to a tandem hang gliding instructor. Zack’s positive attitude and passion for flying impacted many of the instructors and the students he taught during his time at Kitty Hawk Kites.

In memory of Zack, one individual from Kitty Hawk Kites is awarded the Zack Marzec Spark Award each year. The winner is chosen through an internal voting process, allowing members of the Kitty Hawk Kites crew to choose who they think most embodies the spirit of Zack.

Hang gliding instructor extraordinaire Alex Brewer was the recipient in 2013, and Dino Colao, manager of our flagship store in Nags Head, was presented the award in 2014.

This year, hang gliding and paragliding instructor Mike Appel was chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Spark Award.

Mike has been a member of the Kitty Hawk Kites crew since 2007, and is responsible for teaching over 3,000 people how to fly during his tenure. He knew Zack quite well, as they were both dune hang gliding instructors at Jockey’s Ridge State Park for a significant amount of time.

Once Mike found out that he’d won the award, here’s what he had to say:

Words fail to express the gratitude I feel upon receiving this years spark award. There are far more deserving people who pull together every day to make this company what it is. 

Zack had an indelible quality about him; almost a physical force. Being around him made you want to do better, to be better. He carried with him a constant energy. You could walk in having the worst day, spend 5 minutes with the guy and leave with a smile on your face. He was a social catalyst. Always the first to greet a stranger, to crack a smile or tell a joke. His laugh was infectious.

That ability to inspire happiness in others was a huge part of who Zack was. He left a lasting impact on hundreds if not thousands. Kitty Hawk Kites embodies those ideals. It is a company that inspires others daily. It pushes the boundaries of what people thought themselves capable of. At its heart it is a company that inspires the world to fly. 

To me this award represents that legacy, it is one that I hope to live up to.

Seeking a new adventure, Mike moved to New Hampshire at the beginning of this last summer so that he could begin working at Morningside Flight Park, an operation that has been an important part of the hang gliding and paragliding community for nearly 40 years.

Hangin’ With Kites With Lights

Kites with Lights, 2014.

Kites with Lights, 2014.

With temperatures still in the 70s and bright sunshine, it seems like Christmas is a long way off, but here it is November, Thanksgiving is just two weeks away and it’s a sure bet Santa is gearing up for his annual flight.

The Christmas season with Kitty Hawk Kites is really something special. We always begin the official season over Thanksgiving Weekend, with our Hangin’ With Santa on Friday and Saturday with a visit from that “fat jolly old elf”. If it’s raining or snowing or just too cold, Santa will be hanging inside the Kite store where they’ll be hot cocoa and plenty of cookies.

Saturday evening make a point of checking out our Kites with Lights at Jockey’s Ridge State Park as we paint the sky with lights soaring into the night sky attached to kites. Be sure to dress for the weather. It can be cold and windy on Jockey’s Ridge.

The holiday season is a time for giving gifts and Kitty Hawk Kites has a great selection of kites, toys, games, clothing, footwear—just about anything needed for kids or someone special.

Of course there’s lot’s of other activities on the Outer Banks as well during the holiday season. One of our favorites is Winter Lights at Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island. The Elizabethan Gardens is a wonderful 10 acre formal garden and during Winter Lights thousands of lights decorate the trees, plants and decorations. The Grand Illumination is Friday, November 27 and after that the Gardens are open Wednesday through Sunday to stroll along the pathways illuminated by the light of the decorations.

Kitty Hawk Kites Thanksgiving Weekend Schedule of Activities.


Photos with Santa- Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Photos with Santa- Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kites with Lights- Jockey’s Ridge State Park

4:00 PM – DARK

Outer Banks Restaurants Serving Thanksgiving Day Dinner


Thanksgiving dinner is extremely enjoyable to eat, but not necessarily the most fun to prepare. (Especially if you’re the only one in the kitchen!)

The Outer Banks experiences a spike in visitors during Thanksgiving weekend, with many vacation rental homeowners traveling from several hours away to their beach houses to enjoy quality time with close family and friends at on this unique barrier island.

This Thanksgiving, whether you’re a local or visitor, you can decide to stop by one of the many area grocery stores, load up on holiday staples,  go home and prepare a feast on Thanksgiving Day, and spend hours cleaning up the mess, or you can simply visit one of the restaurants below that will be open on Thursday, November 26.

Please note that if you’re planning on eating at any of the following restaurants, be sure to call the phone number listed and inquire about reservations as soon as possible!

Corolla, Duck & Southern Shores

Lifesaving Station at Sanderling Resort
November 26th, 2015, 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.

A four course Thanksgiving Day menu that’s sure to please your palette! Choose from tantalizing dishes like seared local rockfish, Carolina lump crab cake and stone ground baked grits. Then, finish your holiday feast with a plate of pumpkin pie, chocolate mouse with macerated berries, or a bowl of warm apple crisp with vanilla bean ice cream.

Cost is $55 Per Person

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1461 Duck Road
Duck, NC 27949
(855) 412-7866

Coastal Provisions
Available for pick up on November 25 & 26, 2015

Order ahead of time, pick up, and bring home! Your in-laws don’t even have to know that you didn’t cook this delicious Thanksgiving feast. Coastal Provision’s Thanksgiving menu serves up to 6 people, and includes an oven ready turkey, traditional stuffing, creamy mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry orange relish and turkey gravy for $95. You can also order additional items à la carte.

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1 Ocean Boulevard
Southern Shores, NC 27949
(252) 480-0023

Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant
Once again, Kelly’s Restaurant in Nags Head will be serving up a traditional Thanksgiving buffet. Enjoy scrumptious all-you-can-eat Turkey Day staples like hand carved herb roasted turkey with traditional oyster dressing, beef shoulder tender, bourbon molasses glazed pork loin, Carolina lump crab cakes, shrimp and grits, and much, much more.

Adults: $33 || Senior Citizens: $25 || Children: $12 (5-12)

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2316 S Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959

Pamlico Jack’s
Thursday, November 26th, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Head on over to MP 16 in Nags Head on November 26 for Pamlico Jack’s annual Thanksgiving Buffet and Oyster Festival. Enjoy oysters on the half shell, oysters Rockefeller, smoked rockfish, charred raw tuna deviled eggs, tarragon-cured salmon, Pamlico’s seafood bisque, seasonal soups and more.

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Adults: $32 || Senior Citizens: $25 || Children: $15 (5-12)

6708 S Croatan Highway
Nags Head, NC 27959

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe
Thursday, November 26th, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Serving up a buffet of fresh, local food! Enjoy shrimp and grits, Atlantic sea scallops, Hyde County fried oyster, jump lump crab dip, Hershey bar cake and much more.

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Adults: $33 || Under Twelve: $16  || Under Five: Free

7623 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959

Hatteras Island

Good Winds Restaurant
Thursday, November 26th, 2015

One of the best deals for Thanksgiving dinner on the Outer Banks! For just $18, fill up on turkey with gravy, ham, lima bean and corn succotash, collards, your choice of sweet mashed potatoes or cranberry sauce, a dinner roll, and a soft drink.

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Cost is $18 Per Person

24502 Highway 12
Milepost 40 (sound side)
Rodanthe, NC 27968