Outer Banks 45th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular

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The Hang Gliding Spectacular is centered in Nags Head at Jockey’s Ridge State Park.  Not coincidentally, this is the site of the largest sand dune on the East Coast and a favorite site (that is free) for both young and old to visit while in the Outer Banks. 

This annual event is scheduled for the 3rd week in May (May 18 – 22, 2017) every year and is celebrating its 45th year for this fun, fantastic, flying event.  You can find the scheduled times here for all the activities.

Over 60 competitors from all over will travel to Kitty Hawk Kites on the Outer Banks of coastal North Carolina to fly, party and meet old and new friends!  Come join the fun and learn about Hang Gliding.

The event includes several categories for participants to compete against each other and test their skills.

Dune Competition

The dune competition lasts for 3 days.  Pilots are challenged to fly around pylons and spot land in the center of the target to earn points.  If the weather holds, there is also a duration contest.  The tension builds as pilots fly only several inches off the ground before setting up for the landing. 

Aero Towing Competition

The venue changes for the Aero Towing Competition to the Kitty Hawk Kites Flight Park at the Currituck County Airport for 2 days aero towing competition.  The conditions on the day of the event determine the eventual tasks.  Past competitions included a duration, altitude contest and a bean-bag drop contest.  It usually ends with a spot landing task.  The venue has loads of activities for viewers including seminars and hang glider demos.

Woody Jones Memorial Street Dance

The Street Dance is held outside the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Nags Head; a live band entertains and participants dance, laugh and socialize on the pavement.  Frozen Head & The Squirrels headline this years Street Dance event.

The final part of the event, held on Sunday, includes a speech from the Rogollo Foundation Hall of Fame inductee at Jockey’s Ridge State Park Auditorium.  Next, head over to the Nags Head store for the Event Awards and Dinner.  Activities on Monday are included in case there was bad conditions or weather during one of the previous days.

The Outer Banks is one of the best locations to learn hang gliding. (The Wright Brothers had their reasons for coming to the Outer Banks for the First Flight.)  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.

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