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.


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


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.

BIC SUP One Design Series | Waves Village-Jul 23, 2015

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

Hang Gliding Memories

"I Flew Jockey's Ridge" for more than 20 years one of the most popular designs.

“I Flew Jockey’s Ridge” for more than 20 years one of the most popular designs.

John Harris, the President and founder of Kitty Hawk Kites, started teaching people to fly from Jockey’s Ridge in 1974 and it didn’t take him long to figure out that a hang gliding dune lesson and T-shirt went together as naturally as ice cream and a hot day.

For about as long as there has been a Kitty Hawk Kites, T-shirts have been a great way for people to remember their visit to the stores and the Outer Banks. We create our own designs—they are not available anywhere else—and we make sure they’re built to last. In fact, they hold up so well, they’ve traveled the world, and people have sent us photos from distant places and lands wearing our T-shirts.


Every year some designs really stick out, but one of the oldest designs we have is still one of the most popular. “I Flew Jockey’s Ridge” has been around so long no one can quite remember when it was introduced but after talking to some of former employees about the shirt, we know it’s been here for at least 20 years.

KHKtropicalWe try to keep things fun and sometimes funny with our designs—after all, flying a hang glider is fun! And we also know it’s a great way to remember a wonderful memory.

For anyone who is traveling to parts unknown and would like to send us a picture of a Kitty Hawk Kites T-Shirt, take the pic and reply to this blog.