Kayak Fishing Tournament Coming to OBX


The Outer Banks has always been famous for it’s fishing, and when fall rolls around it’s tournament time. There are so many fishing tournaments that we’re not even sure we can list them all, but the Kitty Hawk Surf Company Kayak Fishing Tournament coming up September 19 really seems to standout just because it’s so different.

It seems as though fishing from a kayak keeps getting more popular all the time, which makes a lot of sense because it is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of the Outer Banks and have some fun at the same time.

All the action will be in the sounds, and almost all of the Outer Banks is in play. The rules call for kayakers to fish from Hatteras Inlet to the Wright Memorial Bridge, including the western shoreline of the sounds.

This is a catch and release tournament—bring your camera because that’s how the judging is going to be done. Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Red Drum will be the catch of the day.

Tournament rules call for a first light start time–that’s 6:48 a.m. on September 19. All pics must be to the judges by 5:00 p.m.

There is a $40 entry fee and a mandatory meeting on Friday, September 18 at Kitty Hawk Surf Company at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head. Proceeds will benefit the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.

Rainy Day Fun-Kitty Hawk Kites & Surf

Almost to the top of the Climbing Wall at Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey's Ridge Crossing in Nags Head.

Almost to the top of the Climbing Wall at Kitty Hawk Kites at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head.

We would like to say that it never rains on the Outer Banks—actually we could say that, but it just wouldn’t be truthful. It doesn’t rain very often in the summer, but occasionally clouds roll in and rain drops fall.

That, of course, raises the question, what to do on a rainy day, and luckily for visitors who happen to be around Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head, Kitty Hawk Kites and Kitty Hawk Surf Company have the perfect antidote.

Admittedly adults don’t mind shopping—actually like it if there are interesting things to see . . . which both stores have in abundance. Kites of every description, great clothing lines, surf boards, SUP, kayaks, there is plenty for adults to look, feel, touch and maybe even buy.

But kids . . . they’re more action oriented and with a climbing wall at the Kite store and the Stanley the Shark in Kitty Hawk Surf Company, kids will have a great time.

The climbing wall was was the first on the Outer Banks and it’s been a part of the Kitty Hawk Kites experience for well over 20 years. Overheard at the climbing wall a parent form Richmond commented, “We’ve been coming here for the last three years. We make it a part of our plans.” It’s not that rare to hear parents saying something similar.

The kids are on a belay the whole time so it is safe. The instructors are patient and seem to genuinely like the young climbers. A great challenge for kids and an amazing sense of accomplishment when they ring the bell.

The Shark is just plain fun. Think the classic mechanical bull only it’s Stanley the Shark, and he doesn’t buck around quite as much, although almost no one can stay on for longer than a minute. It’s great fun, lots of laughter and surrounded by inflated padding, it’s safe.

There is a size restriction to ride Stanley, but generally anyone 10 years of age and older should be big enough.

Family Fun at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing

Face painting is just one of the kid-friendly activities at Kitty Hawk Kites' Kid's Day.

Face painting is just one of the kid-friendly activities at Kitty Hawk Kites’ Kid’s Day.

Kitty Hawk Kites and Kitty Hawk Surf Company have  always been about family fun. The Jockey’s Ridge Crossing locations in Nags Head are great for a visit and a family entertainment center. With a couple of fun things for kids to do—well, parents too, but mostly kids— visiting the two stores is a great way to spend a few hours.

For over 20 years there has been a climbing wall in the Kitty Hawk Kites store. It’s perfectly safe; the climbers are on a rope and are on a belay at all times. The experience is truly exciting for kids—kids who very often don’t think they can make it to the top, and to hear their shouts of joy when they do is a highlight of any parent’s day.

At the other end of the complex, Kitty Hawk Surf Company is home to the Shark. Think of a mechanical bull, only blue and shaped like a shark. There’s a lot of giggles, a lot of laughter and a lot of fun as kids try to stay seated for the entire ride. The Shark is surrounded by an inflated floor so getting thrown from the ride, which almost everyone does, is always a soft landing.

Of course, all summer long every Wednesday is Kid’s Day, a tradition that has been creating family fun at Kitty Hawk Kites almost since it opened. Kite making, face painting, games, demos and a lot of kid-friendly fun.

What’s Hot and What’s Hotter

Walking into any one of the Kitty Hawk Kite stores or a Kitty Hawk Surf Company store, can be a shock to the senses, so it can be a little bit tough to say what’s the hot product now. There is one product, though, that really seems to be catching fire and flying out the door.

The Lokai bracelet.

The Lokai bracelet.

The Lokai Bracelet is a simple bracelet with a profound message. “Life is full of joy and sadness, and we can all relate to its highs and lows. I hope that lokai will remind you to stay balanced and centered along your journey,” founder Steven Izen says of his bracelet.

With mud from the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth, and water from Mt. Everest, the highest place, the bracelet represents the balance that Izen suggests we all need in our lives.

Made of clear silicon material, the Dead Sea bead is black and the white bead filled with the waters of Mt. Everest. The other beads are clear to allow the wearer to create their own story.

The Lokai Bracelet is just one of the many uncommon and unusual products we carry at our Kitty Hawk Kites and Kitty Hawk Surf Company stores. From the largest collection of sunglasses on the Outer Banks, to footwear for every foot, toys, kites and fun things to do, there is something for everyone in our stores.

Kitty Hawk Surf Company Fun & More

Riding the mechanical shark at Kitty Hawk Surf Company in Nags Head.

Riding the mechanical shark at the Kitty Hawk Surf Company in Nags Head.

With all the neat toys, gadgets, and great things to do, sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of how much fun it is to just walk into one of the Kitty Hawk Kites stores or Kitty Hawk Surf Company stores.

“We have a lot of everything,” Craig Purkiss, who’s the manager of the Kitty Hawk Surf Company store at Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head was saying. “It’s a very diverse group of brands we carry. North Face, Patagonia, Vans, Hurley. You’ll find brands here you won’t find anywhere else.”

The Nags Head Surf Company store is a really fun store to shop. Great clothing lines, an amazing selection of footwear, sunglasses in every price range . . . and then there’s the shark. Think of it as a mechanical bull only a little more tame and a lot more fun to ride. Challenging, guaranteed to get kids smiling and a great photo op.

Of course, the Surf Company built its reputation on surfing, and the selection and expertise is certainly there at the store—especially with the newest way to ride the waves, or paddle the sound. “When it comes to SUPs we have the largest selection around of boards and accessories,” Craig says.