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.

KITTY HAWK KITES BIC SUP ONE DESIGN-FINAL EVENT IN MANTEO

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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!

30th ANNUAL OUTER BANKS STUNT KITE COMPETITION

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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.

KITTY HAWK SURF COMPANY KAYAK FISHING TOURNAMENT

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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.

ESA EASTERNS SURFING COMPETITION

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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.

AMERICAN WINDSURFING TOUR’S HATTERAS WAVE JAM

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Sept. 21-26

Hatteras Island

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

The Beaches of the Outer Banks

Here it is halfway through summer, the beaches are full and the one thing we have not written about are the Outer Banks award winning beaches. With 120 miles of shoreline there’s a lot to discuss, so we’re not even going to try to cover all of the beaches at one setting.

Kitty Hawk beach by Black Pelican restaurant.

Kitty Hawk beach by Black Pelican restaurant.

We’ll start with the northern beaches, Corolla south to Oregon Inlet and later we’ll talk about the beaches on Hatteras Island.

Outer Banks beaches vary in so many ways that it’s hard to give a specific description that covers all of them.

The beach in Corolla, as an example, tends to be wide with wonderfully soft sand, and those conditions extend all the way to Carova on the Virginia state line. There is a small section of the Carova where the retreat of the shoreline has left exposed tree trunks in the surf and beach, so avoid that area, but otherwise, these are beautiful beaches just calling out for a day by the sea.

The same conditions exist in Duck and Southern Shores, although in those two towns, access is restricted to homeowners and their guests (renters) and there is no public access.

If there is a disadvantage to the beaches on the northern end, it is that facilities, especially for families, tend to be far away from the beach.

Families with children may find that the advantage of having stores, restaurants and hamburger stands close by make Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head a better choice.

The type of sand really varies in this area. Kitty Hawk tends to have a more narrow beach with courser sand than either Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head.

Farther south in Nags Head, especially around Jennette’s Pier, the beach has been nourished and it’s wide with a fine grained sand.

Jennette’s Pier is a great site for families with a lot of parking and what may be the largest bathhouse of any of the towns. There are also a lot of places to get a snack or pick up a bottle of sunscreen close by. A good second choice for convenience is in Kitty Hawk around East Eckner Street next to Art’s Place.