Kiteboarding is the newest craze for extreme sport lovers. It combines the thrill of surfing, wind surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding and paragliding into one sport. You can ride waves, skim across the water surface or even launch into the air and “fly” up to 40 feet above the water. Kiteboarding can be done in the ocean or in freshwater, wind is the key ingredient for a successful kiteboarding adventure. And this key ingredient is what makes the Outer Banks, and in particular Hatteras Island, a hot spot for Kiteboarding.
Kiteboarding as a sport was developed over time as individuals attempted to use kites for wind power and in addition to skis and other sporting equipment, but most of its development took off in the 90’s. Kitesurfing is now more mainstream, making its way into the Olympics and different styles of Kitesurfing have emerged like course racing, speed racing, park riding, airstyle, wakestyle, etc.
Outer Banks Kiteboarding
The Outer Banks is known for world-class Kiteboarding. There are many spots along the sound and in the ocean where you can visit almost any time and see the many kites swinging through the air. Canadian Hole has been a famous windsurfing spot for decades that is now flocked to by kiteboarders and general water lovers alike. This destination can be found between Avon and Buxton, it has a large sandy beach with shallow water, lots of parking, restrooms and showers. Kite Point is another extremely popular spot for watersports, it was established as a kitesurfing destination as Canadian Hole became more crowded.
Learn How to Kiteboard
Kiteboarding may seem like an intimidating sport, but it is easy enough for almost anyone to learn. There are plenty of local watersport shops that offer lessons from beginner to advanced levels with simple hourly lessons to full-blown “camps” or multi-day instruction. If you are interested in taking a lesson or learning more about kiteboarding while you’re at the Outer Banks check out these local businesses:
REAL Watersports – Waves
Kitty Hawk Kites – Waves
Corolla Kiteboarding – Corolla
Kite Club Hatteras – Avon
Cape Hatteras Kiteboarding – Frisco
Outer Banks Kiting – Cape Hatteras
Kite Hatteras – Buxton
Rad Kite & Yoga – Rodanthe
The Outer Banks is one of the best locations to learn kiteboarding. It is only one of the many outdoor recreation activities we are known for. Come visit and learn more about the Outer Banks. Once you visit once, you will be hooked. Contact Eillu to answer any real estate questions you may have. Schedule an appointment to visit vacation homes or second homes available for purchase or to find a permanent or retirement home.