Giant Cows, Helixes and Windsocks

Giant cow windsock flying over Kitty Hawk Kites, Jockey's Ridge.

Giant cow windsock flying over Kitty Hawk Kites, Jockey’s Ridge.

There’s a tradition at Kitty Hawk Kites of flying a gigantic animal windsock from the top of the flagpole at their Jockey’s Ridge Crossing store. It’s a giant cow right now, and has been for the past few years.

Everyday the question is the same. “Did someone remember to put the laundry up?” or “Did you remember to bring the laundry in?”
That windsock, which is very specialized and not sold in the retail store, is a great introduction though to windsocks, spinners and banners and all those things that decorate kites, yards, porches and just about anything where there is a little wind to create motion.

Heather Doyle, who started working for Kitty Kitty Hawk Kites in college and has been with the company as long as anyone else, is the buyer for all those extras. She has a degree in fabric design from East Carolina University so when she says a certain company makes a particularly good product she knows what she’s talking about.

“The windsocks from Wind’s Edge Studio are beautiful and they’re really well made,” she says. “The woman who makes them is a quilter and she’s very artistic.” She also points out that the Wind’s Edge are double hooped—a hoop in the front a hoop to the rear so that even in very light winds or no wind they hold their shape.”

The Wind’s Edge windsocks are just one of many extras the company sells. Heather notes that windsocks are popular but the helix, a spinning circle that will extend 3’ or 4’ into the air, have been a big part of kite flying and yard decoration for years.

There’s a kite package that the stores sell that include a 6’ delta, two streamers and a helix, the she seems really like. “I think it’s the coolest kite package we sell,” Heather says. “And it’s only $49.95.”

Parasail-Beautiful View of OBX

Laughter and joy lifting into the air for a parasail adventure over Roanoke Sound.

Laughter and joy lifting into the air for a parasail adventure over Roanoke Sound.

There are a lot of ways to see the Outer Banks from the air. A tandem hang gliding tow to 2000’ or a mile is wonderful. The Kitty Hawk Kites Aero Tour creates multiple ways to see the area.

But for sheer exhilaration and fun, nothing beats floating beneath a parasail above Roanoke or Currituck Sound.

A great family activity, parasail boats can put up one, two and even three people at a time and there is plenty of room for passengers so mom and dad can be there with the kids.

There is an extraordinary sense of floating above the world, the wind blowing across the parasail, the harness gently swaying as the boat traverses the sound.

The view is marvelous. Looking east the narrow ribbon of sand that is the Outer Banks is bordered by the white froth of breaking waves. Soaring above the Currituck Sound the small islands that dot the waters stand out like pastures of green against the blue of the waters. Lifted above the waters of Roanoke Sound the towns of Manteo, Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills seem almost like the fishing villages they once were.

Kitty Hawk Kites parasail captains are Coast Guard licensed and the crew is trained in CPR.

Kitty Hawk Kites offers parasail adventures from the docks in Manteo and the dock beside their Duck location. No shuttle driving needed—just park at the stores.

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Summeritaville at Kitty Hawk Kites

KHKSummeritvilleSummeritaville is a great event that’s coming up this Friday at our Waves Village in Rodanthe. Sponsored by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, this is the third time sponsoring the event for Kitty Hawk Kites and we have loved every minute of it.

Great music with Jonny Waters Band and SOULone. It’s a great combination of sounds—Jonny Waters is part country with some rock thrown in and a little bit of an edge; SOULone is a little mellower, really tight with an occasional reggae tune. Perfect bands for an evening on Pamlico Sound.

There’s going to be something for everyone at the event. Great food: our Good Winds Restaurant will be there with Sushi and Sake, Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack our neighbors in Nags Head will be on hand, and Lisa’s Pizzeria, just down the road from Waves Village will be serving up great pizza.

We’ll be demoing SUPs and kayaks, so this is a great chance to try your hand on a SUP or kayak, or for more experienced users, to see what suits your needs best.

As always, at any Kitty Hawk Kites event, we have plenty of activities for kids, so this is really a great event for the whole family.

Summeritaville is a ticketed event. $10 for Adults (16+), $5 Youth (ages 12-15) and kids udnder 12 are free. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or call the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, (252) 441-8144, for more information.

SUPtastic Event in Manteo

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With the Kitty Hawk Kites SUPtastic race in Manteo tomorrow morning, the fun and adventure of Stand Up Paddle (SUP) boarding comes to the fore. Sponsored by BIC Sport, the event is as much about having some fun on the water as it is competing, according to Galen Pederson, Water Equipment Buyer for Kitty Hawk Kites.

The Manteo event is also a great chance for anyone who wants to know more about the sport to see for themselves what it’s all about. There will be SUP demos and a chance to try one of the BIC boards that are in the rental program for free.

With a huge SUP rental inventory, SUP lessons and tours, Kitty Hawk Kites has become the leader on the Outer Banks in teaching people the sport.

Based on the traditional surf board in design, an SUP is typically longer, wider and more buoyant. There are also some emerging trends in product development.

Because buoyancy is at the heart of what differentiates a SUP from a surf board, manufacturers have been developing inflatable SUPs and the reviews consistently show the inflatables perform as well as the hard shell boards in most conditions.

“Inflatables are coming on strong,” Galen said.

The hard shell boards still own an advantage in racing and big surf conditions; however, since most people use SUPs for recreational use, the inflatables may be something to think about.

There are five more Kitty Hawk Kites BIC SUP events scheduled for the summer, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get out on the water.

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BIC SUP One Design Series | Whalebone-Aug 6, 2015

BIC SUP One Design Series | Sanderling Resort in Duck-Aug 20, 2015

BIC SUP One Design | Final Event in Manteo-Sep 6, 2015