|Sailing on the Currituck Sound in late afternoon.|
Now that the summer season has officially arrived on the Outer Banks–we know that because the temperatures are in the low to mid 80s without a cloud in the sky–it’s time to get serious about relaxing.
Let’s be honest here: there is probably nothing better to do than to dig you toes into warm sand, slather some sunscreen on, and sit by the side of the Atlantic Ocean reading a good (or trashy) book. Every once in a while there is a need to jump into the surf, which is a great way to cool down . . . especially this early in the season when the water temperature is what we euphemistically describe as bracing . . . but in two to three weeks it will begin to warm up a bit.
At some point in time, though, our visitors look around and say, “There’s got to be more to the Outer Banks than this.”
And is there ever.
We’re not even going to try to cover everything there is to do between Nags Head and Corolla–books have been written on that, and even that doesn’t cover everything. So just a quick review of some of the more unique and newer forms of outdoor fun.
The latest craze in personal watersports is Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP). It’is really fun and it is not that difficult to do. What it is, is a very large, high buoyancy surf board that provides a very stable platform; a platform that is stable enough for an adult to stand up and move through the water with a paddle. They are used on either flatwater (the Outer Banks sounds) or in the ocean, although putting a SUP in the surf does take more experience, so folks who are new to the sport should probably stick to the sounds.
It’s not an absolute necessity, but a couple of lessons will probably make the whole experience more enjoyable. Nor’Banks Sailing in Duck and Kitty Hawk Surf Company with various locations from Corolla to Manteo offer lessons, although there are certainly other businesses as well.
Nor’Banks Sailing is, as far as we can tell, the only full service sailing center on the northern Outer Banks. For visitors who know how to sail and want to spend a day on the water, it’s a great resource. Jon Britt, who’s been running it for about 20 years now, has a pretty good sense of what the whole experience should be–good equipment, good staff, lessons are available, both of kids and novice sailors. It’s a neat resource for something a little different to do.
For experienced sailors . . . coming up very soon–June 8 and 9–Jon is hosting the Duck Cup Regatta, which is multihull regatta racing on the Currituck Sound. This is the ninth or tenth in a row after a two or three year break. For experienced sailors, it’s a lot of fun in a beautiful setting.
Those are just a few of the very different things to do. Just barely scratches the surface and everybody has their own idea of fun. So–come to the Outer Banks and have fun!