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Hatteras Island Boardsports

1-866-HIB-WAVE, 252-995-6160
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Surfing lessons at HIB are 2 hours long and include beach instruction but most of the time will be spent in the water. We will provide you with a board to use during the lesson and if the water is a little cold for you we'll set you up with a wetsuit as well for no additional charge! All you have to do is get a good night sleep the night before, get your swimsuit on, put on a little sunscreen and show up ready for a great time!

Group Lessons - $60 per person
Group lessons are two hours of fun with our expert instructors. Bring your own group or we will place you with other people looking for group lessons. Only 2 people are needed to form a group, and with a maximum of 5 per group each person will receive tons of individual attention. This lesson is ideal for the beginner to intermediate surfer.

Private Lessons - $80 per person
Private lessons are also two hours long, but you will have an intense one on one session with one of our instructors. You also have the option of a 2 or 3 person private lesson - perfect for couples or small groups who want to take a lesson without a mixed group. Private lessons benefit those from the beginner level to advanced levels. So whether you are just learning how to catch a wave or need some more advanced instruction, our instructors can get you to the next level!

Hatteras Island Surf Shop, Waves, NC


The classic surf shop located in an old cottage. It’s been a fixture on the Island surf scene for more than 30 years. They sell new & used boards and surf-related gear, and rent surf, body and skim boards, and beach gear. Surf lessons available.

Hatteras Island Sail Shop

25199 Lela Court and N.C. Highway 12; Waves (252) 987-2292

This soundfront recreation center offers rentals of kayaks, sailboats and windsurfing equipment plus lessons in windsurfing and kiteboarding. An onsite launching facility makes it easy to slip into the water. Kayak eco-tours are offered here.

Kitty Hawk Kites Hatteras Island Kiteboarding Resort

N.C. Highway 12 Rodanthe (252) 441-4124, (877) FLY-THIS

Whether you want to learn the sport or refine your skills, Kitty Hawk Kites’ newest Kiteboarding Center offers several types of classes, including private and group lessons. Their fast-track kiteboarding camp is two days of group instruction. This center is on the sound, so lessons are on site. Kayak rentals and standup paddleboard rentals are also offered here. There’s a restaurant on site in case you need to refuel.

OceanAir Sports

39450 N.C. Highway 12 Avon (252) 995-5000

Whether you want to learn a new watersport, rent some gear or just hang out with some like-minded people who love and appreciate the Hatteras Island watersports scene, OceanAir Sports is good spot to be. OceanAir Sports, formerly Windsurfing Hatteras, is a full-service watersports facility offering lessons and rentals for windsurfing, kiteboarding, standup paddleboarding, surfing, kayaks, sailing and Waverunners. The staff and instructors are experienced, trusted locals who practice their sports regularly and keep up with the latest technical information and trends; they are enthusiastic about sharing their love of the sports with people who stop by. The scene is unintimidating; beginners in all sports will feel welcome here but there’s plenty for experienced kiters and sailors as well. OceanAir sells gear from premier brands like Cabrinha, North Kiteboarding, DaKine, O’Neill, North Sails, Mistral, JP, Ezzy Sails, NoLimitz, Oakley, Smith Optics, Reef Sandals and clothing. It’s located directly on the Pamlico Sound, so you can launch right from their dock.

REAL Watersports Lesson Center

25706 N.C. Highway 12 Waves (252) 987-6000; (866) REAL-548

If you’re thinking of becoming a kiteboarder or surfer or advancing your current skills, REAL lessons and camps are your ticket to accelerated, safe and progressive instruction. REAL’s Zero 2 Hero kiteboarding and surfing camps have been rated by Outside magazine as one of the Top Ten Adventure Camps in the world. The new REAL flagship store is an 18,000-square-foot aquaplex with specific areas for the retail store, school, rental shop, restaurant and spa. Also included in this new space is an additional 4,000-square-foot deck facing the Pamlico Sound, allowing views of all the kiteboarding action and the sunsets on the sound. The REAL rental shop offers everything you need for kiting, surfing or standup paddleboarding. Ask about REAL’s instructional DVDs for these sports.

Ride Hatteras

40168 N.C. Highway 12 Avon (252) 995-6755

Ride Hatteras offers windsurfing and kiteboarding lessons for beginner, intermediate or advanced riders. Equipment is tailored to meet the needs of the student and the wind conditions of the day. They also offer surfing lessons for all ages. Kids’ lessons are available, and class sizes are small. You can rent equipment for windsurfing, surfing, body boarding and skimboarding here, and they sell other essential gear.

National Park Service Programs

Cape Hatteras NS, Visit their website

This year's summer program schedule will start more than two weeks earlier than it has in previous years due to the National Park Service Centennial Initiative funding received by the parks for additional seasonal interpretive ranger positions. With this funding, the parks will be providing 383 programs per week to Outer Banks visitors. Centennial Initiative funding was provided to national park sites this year to help restore natural and cultural landscapes, provide outstanding educational and recreational opportunities for park visitors and prepare the parks for the upcoming centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.

New programs for this summer include: Village Walking Tour - a heritage discovery walk through the streets of Ocracoke Village; and Moonlight Climb - a guided night tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse offered twice every Thursday evening (a pre-registration program - see the park website for details).

Four special tours will be offered this summer: Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet Tour will provide an up-close look at Coast Guard operations and vessels; the Old Days at the Hatteras Weather Station relays the history of this recently restored building and U.S. Weather Bureau operations on Hatteras Island; the Fort Raleigh NHS Tour of the Collections is a walk through the parks' museum collections storage facility for a look at some very interesting artifacts; and Monument to the Dream Tour is the unique experience of climbing to the top of the Wright Brothers Monument.

Evening Campfire programs are offered at the Seashore on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. A special Seashore evening program, Night Lights, will include an exploration of star gazing and tide-line bioluminescent plankton along with a discussion of why dark nights are valuable to both people and wildlife.

The summer program schedules also include many other history talks, nature walks, and recreational programs such as surf fishing, cast netting, crabbing, seining, and snorkeling.

Program schedules are available on-line at each park's website: Fort Raleigh NHS,; Wright Brothers NMEM,; and Cape Hatteras NS, Program schedules are also listed in In the Park, the National Park Service Outer Banks summer newspaper, available at any park visitor center and Outer Banks Visitors Bureau Welcome Center starting May 29.

The Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse will also return this year on June 7, July 7, Aug. 5, Sept. 4, and Oct. 4 - watch for details to be announced! Come visit and enjoy the national parks!

Equine Adventures

252-995-4897, Email

Horseback Riding

We explore trails through the only Maritime Forest on the Outer Banks, including the Buxton Woods, the NC Coastal Reserve, and the National Park Service. As we come out of the woods and cross the last sand dune before the beach, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Cape Point are just off to the left. Miles of pristine beaches await us, and our horses! Ride with us and you will see the natural beauty of Hatteras Island from a completely different perspective.

Equine Adventures was established in 2001. Owner and operator Sylvia Mattingly has over 25 years of horse experience. All of our guides have many years of experience with horses and pride themselves on keeping their riders safe and the horses happy. Safety of our guests is our number 1 priority.

Our horses are well seasoned and carefully chosen for each rider. Each horse is like family and they are well taken care of. They are fed quality grain and have access to hay and water 24/7. They receive regular veterinarian care,the farrier comes every 6 weeks and theyeven have a saddle fitter that sees each horse twice a year. We are closed Sundays in the summer in ensure each horse gets a day off. We ride during the coolest parts of the day (early morning and late afternoon) and the horses are relaxing the rest of time. After a ride our horses are showered off to cool them down and to rinse off the sweat and sand.

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