Kitty Hawk Kites Founder and President, John Harris, was recognized on October 9 with the 2014 North Carolina Tourism Excellence Award by the North Carolina Travel Industry Association and the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina at the 2014 Tourism Leadership Conference in Winston-Salem.
Harris, who founded Kitty Hawk Kites in 1974, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the development of the travel industry in North Carolina. A committed and dedicated promoter of North Carolina and Outer Banks tourism through recreation and destination marketing, Harris has previously been recognized as one of 20 distinguished Pioneers in the North Carolina Tourism Leaders of the 20th Century.
Kitty Hawk Kites Founder and President, John Harris, (right) is presented with the 2014 North Carolina Tourism Excellence Award from Aaron Tuell, Public Relations Manager at the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Harris was recently recognized by the North Carolina Travel Industry Association and the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina for his outstanding contributions to the development of the NC travel industry at the 2014 Tourism Leadership Conference in Winston-Salem.
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Fall is an amazing time to visit the Outer Banks and dune hang gliding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, at the world’s largest hang gliding school (yep, 40 years strong and over 400,000 lessons taught!), is a MUST for your itinerary. Thanks, Visit South, for agreeing with us! Complete story >
Nothing like a little OBX love from our friends up in New England! Kitty Hawk Kites and Kitty Hawk Surf Co. were recently featured in the Boston Globe as part of a terrific travel story spotlighting some of the top things to see and do while visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Many thanks to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau for coordinating this opportunity!
A sampling of the love … we couldn’t agree more!
“Kitty Hawk Kites offers bucket-list worthy activities for adventure enthusiasts. Not afraid of heights? Get a bird’s-eye view of the coastline above the Currituck Sound while tandem hang gliding in an ultralight plane. Or learn the fundamentals of kiteboarding with a “fly and ride” class. At Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, home of what are said to be the highest sand dunes on the East Coast with peaks at more than 90 feet, enjoy paragliding lessons using a glider wing with no rigid frame. Perhaps the ultimate activity for flight enthusiasts — especially recommended in the spring and fall — is to fly a museum-quality reproduction of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s1902 glider. (Average flights are 5 to 15 feet off the ground for approximately 50 yards.) For a thrilling but more passive activity, go parasailing above Roanoke Sound and Currituck Sound.”
Complete story >
The folks over at My Outer Banks Home ran a neat feature on some of the awesome milestones that will be celebrated this year.
See below for the article, and be sure to visit their site and check out some of the other local businesses who are also being recognized for their history in the OBX!
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Jockey’s Ridge State Park, North Carolina
Steady ocean breezes power Jockey’s Ridge to top jock in the Outer Banks. The highest sand dune on the East Coast (down the road from where the Wright Brothers flew) offers an ideal launch for hang gliders and kite fliers with slopes that beckon sandboarders when the crowds thin. Kitty Hawk Kites teaches beginning gliders in three-hour lessons that get you airborne above the dunes for up to 100 yards, 80 feet higher than the Wrights’ first attempt.
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