We’ve written a lot about fall on the Outer Banks becoming a second season, and it truly has with music festivals, food fests, surfing competitions . . . the list just seems to go on and on. Every once in a while, though, we come across some events that are just different enough from everything else that calling attention to them seems like the right thing to do.
Here are three events we think are different enough to warrant a second look.
Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition
Event Site, Nags Head
Sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites, this completion has been around for over 30 years, but flying stunt kites competitively is still unknown to most people. Synchronized with a sound track, competitors steer their kites through wonderfully intricate maneuvers.
Kitty Hawk Kites invariably fills the sky with a spectacular display of kites and the OBSKC will be no exception. There will also be hands on demos and lessons.
Kitty Hawk Surf Co. Kayak Fishing Tournament
Location: Various throughout the Outer Banks
Fishing from a kayak has become more and more popular and for kayak fishermen, this event sponsored by Kitty Hawk Surf Company is a great competition. It’s catch and release with Flounder, Speckled Trout, and Red Drum the fish of the day. Judging is done from photos.
Almost all of the Outer Banks sounds are in play, so kayakers should have no problem finding the sweet spot for their game.
There is a $40 entry fee and a mandatory meeting on Friday at Kitty Hawk Surf Co. in Nags Head.
Weta Regatta Nationals
Nor’Banks Sailing, Duck
This might be the most unique of all the fall events. The Weta is a trimaran sailboat, very lightweight and designed to be assembled and disassembled easily, allowing it to be effortlessly transported by car.
A New Zealand design, the boat has been gaining in popularity and this is the first US National competition for the boat.
More information is available on the Nor’Banks Sailing website.