North Carolina’s Outer Banks: A Destination Any Time of Year

Thank you for the recent feature, Sara Kendall, of the Epicurean! “Spanning over 200 miles in a string of narrow barrier islands, the Outer Banks is an ocean haven anytime of the year. The locals refer to them as OBX, and millions of people make these islands their vacation destination. Looking to book a winter retreat or plan next summer’s getaway? The Outer Banks is a fabulous choice no matter the time of year you decide to venture to the ocean breezes.”

This Article from the Charlotte Epicurean on just a few of the reasons why the OBX is so special hit the nail on the head! We have so much to do here and a ton of great dining options! What are you going to choose to do today?

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.

Adventure Excitement for Mother’s Day

Mom and daughters getting ready for a kiteboarding lesson at Kitty Hawk Kites Waves Village.

Mom and daughters getting ready for a kiteboarding lesson at Kitty Hawk Kites Waves Village.

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday the question many of us are asking is, “What does Mother want for Mother’s Day?”

Kitty Hawk Kites certainly has all the traditional jewelry, clothes and shoes that get put in a box, wrapped beautifully and opened to “oohs” and “ahhs”.
But Kitty Hawk Kites has a gift that almost no one else has—the gift of excitement.

Just because she’s your mother doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to soar above the dunes or skim across the water on a kiteboard.

Kiteboarding especially is a sport that is appealing to more and more mothers as gear becomes more specialized and better designed for the size and strength of  women. “The new kites that are out there are very depowerable, “ Nick Piacenza, Manager of the Kitty Hawk Kites kiteboarding school. What he means by that is the kites can be adjusted to the size of the user, so a smaller person is not overwhelmed by the power of the wind.

As more women try their hand at kiteboarding, the design of the equipment has become better suited for women. “When we give a lesson, we have gear for each individual,” Nick says.

Giving lessons from the the company’s Waves Village Watersports Resort in Waves, the conditions found on the Pamlico Sound are some of the best in the world for learning the sport. “We have steady southwest winds in the summer and shallow water in the sound,” Nick says. “It’s one of the few places in the world that are like that.”

Off Season Outer Banks Adventures!

The summer may be winding down on the Outer Banks but there are still many adventures yet to be had on the beautiful barrier islands!

In case you didn’t know, Kitty Hawk Kites offers a ton of fun activities through out the fall and winter months for those out for some great adventures – and this happens to be one of the best times to visit as accommodations are extremely affordable and the crowds have thinned out.

Here are a few activities we offer during the off season that you may not have heard about yet:

Fly a 1902 Wright Glider at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

1902 Wright Glider - Kitty Hawk Kites

Soar above the dunes like a Wright Brother in a museum quality replica of the 1902 Wright Glider that the Orville and Wilbur Wright used to practice leading up to the famous 1903 flight. The Wright Brothers actually spent the months of September and October of 1902 flying their glider on the dunes of North Carolina before heading home to build the 1903 airplane – making this experience extremely inspiring for history enthusiasts and aviation buffs.

The activity is $349/person but with a group of 10 or more people the price is reduced to $99/person which makes this experience perfect for groups and educational ventures. The higher winds of October-December make this a perfect adventure for the fall and this is the only place in the world you can fly like a Wright Brother.

Kiteboarding in Rodanthe

The fall is a great time to kiteboard here on the Outer Banks with steady winds ranging from 10 to 35mph and the barrier islands are known for its high number of “kiteable” days. Because of large temperature fluctuations in the fall months bringing stronger north easterly winds which can be most desirable weather for kiteboarding in the ocean. Many kite boarders are attracted to the area during this time of year because of the better surf conditions on the east coast.

Our Kiteboarding Expert, Chris Moore says, “If you still haven’t learned this fast growing water sport, the fall is also a great time to learn as the winds are favorable for beginners and the water and air temperatures are still very comfortable!”

In addition to good winds and conditions, Waves Village Kiteboarding Resort is conveniently located in the heart of the “Kiteboarding Mecca” on Hatteras Island, this time of year brings extremely affordable rates for onsite condos located right next to the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Pro Shop and School. Also on site is a full service restaurant and coffee shop!

Wild Horse Tours on the Northern Outer Banks

Wild Horse Tours in Corolla

Enjoy breathtaking views of the wild horses of the Northern Outer Banks as your guide gives you local folklore and eclectic history as you ride into the heart of the off road Outer Banks just North of Corolla. This adventure is $50/person and lasts about two hours. Private parties are also available upon request along with special group rates.

Historic Northern Outer Banks Sightseeing Tour

Tour the beautiful Historic Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Lighthouse  and enjoy an educational stop at the Outer Banks Center of Wildilfe. Cost is $65/person – all admissions are included in this price.

Paddle the Outer Banks from Corolla to Hatteras

Enjoy the beautiful eco-systems of the soundside marshes of the Outer Banks – whether you venture out on your own with a rental kayak or choose to take a guided tour with our professional guides, this experience – this is perfect for individuals or groups.

Rates vary based on length of rental and tour options. Luke Baer, Recreation Sales Manager, recommends the Safari River Maritime Forest Kayak Tour under a canopy of live oaks and red maple trees. This tour lasts about 1.5 hours and is perfectly secluded for paddles of all skill levels. Sunset paddles are also available.

Other adventures offered year round at Kitty Hawk Kites are the dune hang gliding and paragliding lessons offered at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Paragliding is a relatively new venture offered on the dunes that continues to build momentum on the Outer Banks.

Mike Appel, Lead Paragliding Instructor, says, “The fall season presents some of the best conditions for paragliding on the Outer Banks. Consistent winds coupled with cooler temperatures and soft sands creates a wonderful learning environment on the dunes. With fewer seasonal visitors, classes are often more flexible and individualized allowing for more more personal instruction.”


Air tours, flight training, and charter fishing are also available year round. As 2014 quickly approaches, Kitty Hawk Kites is already planning a year of fantastic events and adventures in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the first store opening back in 1974. For the latest news and events follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on these activities and other fun Outer Banks adventures – contact us at 1.877.FLY.THIS!

Kiteboarding Equipment 101: Light Wind Kites & Boards


Recently, Chris Moore, our Kiteboarding Manager, shared this tid bit of insight on light wind kites and summer time:

Here at Kitty Hawk Kites we test dozens of light wind kites and kiteboards here at our kiteboarding resort to identify the best light wind kiteboarding gear to offer to you, our valued customer.

Summer time brings the warmest water temperatures and the longest days and the perfect opportunity for kiteboarding!  The stable air also means the winds dwindle and we all wait for a steady evening thermal wind.

Having the correct equipment for light winds makes all the difference between having an incredible kiteboarding session and sitting on the beach.  In the past year, dedicated light wind kites and boards have become more efficient making a 10-12mph wind a great day of kiteboarding!

We have put together specific sections on our website to highlight the best performing light wind kiteboarding kites and boards, as identified by our expert staff, certified kiteboarding instructors, and the best liked by our customers who rented them from our massive kiteboarding rental center here at our kiteboarding resort.

We decided to compile this light wind kiteboarding kites and boards under these sections to make it easier for you to shop.

Light Wind Kites

Light Wind Boards