Clamming with the Captain

Clamming in Pamlico Sound as ferries go by.

Clamming in Pamlico Sound as ferries go by.

An afternoon on the water clamming with Captain Lee is an afternoon that is as close to a perfect vacation memory as could be created.

Maybe it’s being in Pamlico Sound by Hatteras Inlet; perhaps it’s watching the Ocracoke ferries go by from a perspective only the lucky get to see. It could be the eight of nine dozen clams that were harvested—certainly enough to feed a family of four with plenty left over to take home. It could be Captain Lee himself, his extraordinary knowledge of the ecology and waters of the sound coming out in easily understood snippets.

Or maybe it’s all of that . . . probably is all of that.

Leaving from Oden’s Marina in Hatteras, the cruise is billed as a clamming and eco tour, but it’s so much more. Yes there is education. At one point he stops himself and looks at the teenager seated in the stern of the boat. “This is like school,” he tells her. “You don’t mind do you?”

“No, no,” she tell him. “I like learning things.”

And it’s about clams—lots of clams, hiding in the sea grass in a knee deep shoal about a mile west of the inlet. It’s also about crab pots and pulling some up and understanding what a fisherman goes through to bring that catch home.

But mostly it’s about creating an amazing moment in time that becomes the type of memory that reminds families of how precious and special their time together can be.

In addition to the Clamming and Ecotour, Captain Lee offers Sunset Cruises and fishing tours.

For more information check out the Kitty Hawk Kites Adventure page.

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Summeritaville at Kitty Hawk Kites

KHKSummeritvilleSummeritaville is a great Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce event that’s coming up this Friday at our Waves Village Watersports Resort in Rodanthe. 

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.

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.”