Annual Outer Banks Used Gear Sale Has Begun!


September has arrived and the annual Used Gear Sale kicks off today at all five Kitty Hawk Surf Co. locations on the Outer Banks.

If you’re in the market for a gently used stand up paddle board, kayak, bicycle or surf board at a great price, then you’ll definitely want to stop by and check out the huge selection of used gear on sale from September 1 through 7, 2015.

Here’s a list of items that will be for sale starting on September 1, 2015. Please note that all items are sold on a first come, first serve basis! If you want the best used kayaks, paddle boards, surfboards and bicycles, then be sure to visit a Kitty Hawk Surf Co. store ASAP!


Erika-The Storm That Never Was

Possible storm tracks of Invest 90 once Tropical Storm Erika. Weather Underground.

Possible storm tracks of Invest 90 once Tropical Storm Erika. Weather Underground.

Living on the Outer Banks during hurricane season you tend to focus your attention a little bit more on weather forecasts and tropical developments. It’s not an obsession by any means. Anyone who has lived here for any length of time, quickly learns that having a hurricane make landfall locally is the exception and not the rule, but simple prudence dictates a little more attention.

And then came Tropical Storm Erika . . . never quite Hurricane Erika . . . now remnant low Invest 90.

If there has ever been a tropical system that was more confusing to predict, left meteorologists scratching their heads, no one seems to recall what it was.

At one point in time, there were a number of tracks making a beeline to the Outer Banks, although to their credit, the National Hurricane Center was continually using the phrase, “low confidence” when they made their predictions.

This has been nicely quiet year for tropical development in the Atlantic basin so far, and we’ll cross our fingers and hope it stays that way. Fall is, if you ask almost any local, the very best time to visit—hurricanes notwithstanding, because they really are quite the rare event on the Outer Banks.

Competition Fills OBX Fall Schedule

Handmade kite flying at the 2014 Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition.

Handmade kite flying at the 2014 Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition.

Summer on the Outer Banks is winding down, but there are still a lot of reasons to visit. More and more, it seems, fall is becoming a second season all it’s own with some great events that are really worth checking out.

The autumn—especially September—seems to have become the time for competition on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Kites is sponsoring three competitions—with our 30th Annual Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition the granddaddy of them all. Just about the only Outer Banks competition that has been around longer is our springtime Hang Gliding Spectacular.

Here are some upcoming competitions that seem to cover almost every sport on the Outer Banks.



Sep 6, 2015

Kitty Hawk Kites, Manteo

A family-friendly competition—free to the public. Whether you’re paddling for the first time or you’re already a pro, this is a great activity for all!



Sep 12, 2015 – Sep 13, 2015

Outer Banks Event Site, Nags Head

OBSKC is a regional kite competition bringing some of the nation’s best kite fliers to the Outer Banks. Two days of kite flying fun for the whole family. Saturday Kitty Hawk Kites and friends will host demos and a FREE family fun fly day. Enjoy massive display kites flying high, and participate in stunt and power kite lessons given by pros.



Sep 19, 2015

This is a kayak and SUP fishing tournament. All fish caught must be caught from your watercraft, no wading. Registration is online or at mandatory captains meeting September 19th at 6p.m. at Kitty Hawk Surf Co. in Nags Head.

This is a photo catch and release style tournament. Click here for rules and regulations. Competitors are allowed to launch at first light Saturday morning. All photos must be received by 5pm on Saturday in order to be eligible for judging. All pictures must show the fish length from upper lip to end of unpinched tail.



Sept. 20-26

Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head

Highlighting the best of East Coast amateur surfers, skim boarders and body borders, the ESAs are a must-see event. Don’t let the “amateur” label prejudice your view. The level of competition is outstanding and the water skills excellent.



Sept. 21-26

Hatteras Island

An annual part of the AWS pro circuit, the competition is intense and spectacular.

Best Kites For Kids and Children


Teaching a kid to fly a kite is one of the most entertaining and fun things that you can do as a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, or relative. There’s nothing quite like seeing a child’s face light up when they are able to get their kite of choice dancing around in the sky, swaying back and forth with the wind.

Kitty Hawk Kites boasts one of the largest kite selections in the United States, offering a variety of different kites including stunt kites, power kites, kiteboarding kites, quad line kites… the list goes on. Not every kite is ideal for youngsters who are learning to fly a kite for the first time, so we put together this list of the best kites for kids and children.


Diamond Kites

One of the most easily-recognizable kites in the world, diamond kites are almost always constructed using one horizontal bar and one vertical bar, which is typically made out of either wood or fiberglass.

Diamond kites are relatively easy to make, and are typically on the lower-end cost wise compared to other single line kites. We usually recommend pairing any diamond kite purchase with a tail, as it helps keep the kite more stable when in the air. Most diamond kites are less than a few feet in height, however there are some exceptions.


Parafoil Kites

One of the most forgiving kites in terms of durability, parafoil kites can typically be crashed repeatedly into the ground at high speeds without ever causing harm to the kite. Similar to all of the other kites on our list, parafoil kites require just a single line of string.

One of the biggest advantages of what makes parafoil kites so great is that no rods or parts are required to assemble it. Most kids are likely to lose a part here and there, and with a parafoil kite, you don’t have to worry about losing any small, minute parts.

Another great thing about parafoil kites is that they’re super easy to stow away. Most parafoil kites come with a sturdy bag and all you have to worry about is making it fit within the bag… which is typically pretty easy to accomplish.


Delta Kites

Super easy to fly and fun to watch in the air, delta kites are perfect for children. Delta kites are steady flyers, and can thrive in a wide-array of wind conditions including low wind environments.

These kites have a triangular shape, and are often very colorful. The overall size of a delta kite varies greatly, although we recommend sticking to the lower-end of the spectrum, as the smaller delta kites are typically easier for kids to fly.

Many of our delta kites have a tail built onto the kite – others come with just the kite and no tail. Delta kites are great flyers without a tail, although having one certainly doesn’t hurt!


Octopus Kites

One of our best sellers for many years, the octopus kite is quite the spectacle once it’s in the air. Octopus kites are typically a singular, bright color and have an attached streamer tail for added stability.

With what we like to call an “out of the bang and into the air design,” octopus kites are super easy to assemble. In fact, there is virtually no assembly required with this single line kite. Kids typically enjoy the movement of the octopus kite, and will really enjoy the bright, bold colors and ease of flying.


Butterfly Kites

Easy to launch and super fun to fly, butterfly kites are an excellent choice for kids of nearly all ages to fly. Butterfly kites usually feature bold colors and fine-knit details, and can fly in as little as 5 mph of wind and as much as 20 mph of wind.

Unlike parafoil kites, butterfly kites do require some assembly; however putting this kite together won’t take longer than a few minutes. Typically constructed using a fiberglass frame, single line butterfly kites are easy to fly for beginners and fun to fly for almost any age or skill level.

Thanks for checking out our list of the best kites for children and kids! If you ever have any questions about a kites available on our online store or at any of our retail locations, feel free to give us a call at 1-877-FLY-THIS.


Ghouls, Goblins and the Undead: Ghosts of the Lost Colony


As the summer comes to a close and The Lost Colony outdoor drama wraps up their last show of the season, Ghosts of the Lost Colony is just getting started. Join a team of ghost hunters who have discovered hot spots believed to be associated with spirits of the lost colony of 1587.

The Astral Plane Investigations team will lead participants on an hour-long tour, visiting locations in the Fort Raleigh Park and the Waterside Theatre where ghost appearances and other paranormal activity are said to occur on a regular basis. Learn more of the backstory of the colony that disappeared centuries ago and hypothesis your own opinions and thoughts on what actually happened.

ghosts-of-lost-colony-roanoke-islandWhile exploring supernatural hotspots around the park, you also learn about Elizabethan history, early colonial exploration, the Native Americans who lived on Roanoke Island and the Outer Banks.

Step back in time, be a part of the mysteries of Roanoke Island and meet the ghosts of the past.

Ghosts of the Lost Colony is open to the public August 25 – September 6. Tours will depart at 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM from The Lost Colony ticket office.

Participants should plan for an hour of haunting history as they walk the grounds in search of paranormal activity. Tickets are just $15 a person, and available by phone at 252-473-2127 or online.