April 1, 2022

Local Secrets… Part 2

We are back with another batch of local knowledge for you. We hope everyone has been having a good week so far. The recent cold spell has us looking forward to warmer weather here on the Outer Banks.

Surfs Up!

surf lesson on the outer banks

You’re coming to the beach, right? Then this is the time to try something you’ve never done before. Surfing is big on the Outer Banks. Why not rent a surfboard from us and pick up a new hobby? There are plenty of spots to surf. Most of the big ones are on the Surfline app you can download right to your phone. Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton is always a good spot. Just make sure you go on a smaller day and keep a good distance from the jetty so you do not wind up getting pushed into it. There is even a lifeguard stationed near this beach, so you are in good hands. Thanks, Duck Surf Rescue!

Some other spots to note are Kitty Hawk Pier, Lighthouse Beach access in Corolla, and Bittern St. All are good places to get your feet wet! Be mindful of locals and always be polite. Remember not to cut people off and know your limits! A surfing lesson is an awesome way to learn the basics from a local. Sign up on our website or give us a call if you have any questions.

Rip Currents

Red beach safety flag

Ocean safety should be at the top of your Outer Banks vacation list! The ocean is beautiful, fun, and brings people together for a week of good times. Although it may look inviting you should always “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!” Here are some tips on rip current safety so you can beach it like a local this summer:

  1. Swim near a lifeguard! Every town has a map of where lifeguards are stationed. Check them out before you head to the beach that day.
  2. Keep an eye out for yellow flags placed near the waterline. These indicate a rip current or a feeder to a rip current. It is best to swim 50 yards away from these flags!
  3. If you’re not able to swim near a lifeguard, then here are some tips to help spot a rip current:
    • A difference in water color,
    • A channel of choppy water,
    • A trail of debris or seaweed going out to sea,
    • A gap of calm water with no waves.
  4. If you are caught in a rip current, don’t panic! The worst thing you can do is fight it, it wastes your energy and chances are you won’t be able to swim directly through it. Swim parallel to the shore or allow the current to float you through the cycle. The rip current will circulate you towards shore naturally. If you find yourself unable to swim out of it wave your hands and call for help.
  5. If you see someone stuck in a rip current and there is no help around, CALL 911!
  6. Always swim with flotation! A floatie, a boogie board, SUP, or surfboard just might save your life!
  7. The ocean is not a pool! Learn to swim before heading to the beach.

There’s more than just a beach!

There’s a lot to do on the Outer Banks all year round! Boating, fishing, jet skis, wineries, and so much more! A lot of the time the beaches can be very crowded and super-hot! Instead, take a day off from the beach and check out some of the adventures we offer. The Hobie Fishing trip is a local favorite. Check out our previous post for more inspiration.

We can’t wait for another season of fun and sunshine with you all! If you need any recommendations for your summer vacay don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1.877.FLY.THIS or reach out through our social media channels! This is going to be the best summer yet!

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