Hatteras Island is recognized among water sports fans as one of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding destinations on the East Coast. With miles of soundfront waters to discover, a few areas in particular have been deemed exceptional windsurfing launching points and every spring and summer, visitors come to the area in droves, gear in hand, to experience for themselves the legendary wind and water conditions.
If your dream beach vacation entails long afternoons of gliding across the open water, then you'll want to reserve one of Outer Beaches Realty's fantastic vacation rentals with Windsurfing Access. These homes and condos feature front row soundside access, and are located in some of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding hot spots on the Outer Banks. Best of all, every full day of windsurfing can be capped off with a spectacular sunset over the Pamlico Sound.
Many of our Soundside and Soundfront vacation rentals have features that we deem Windsurfing and Kiteboarding friendly. These can include easy sound access in areas known for their windsurfing conditions, board and sail storage areas, weather stations, and/or good launch sites. Homes with the Windsurfing/Kiteboarding amenity are located on the soundside of NC Highway 12 and all have one or more of these features.
For extensive details on the exact windsurfing and kiteboarding friendly features of a vacation rental, simply review the individual property's description page. You can also contact our Outer Beaches Realty vacation specialists for more information on a particular property or soundside neighborhood.
The reason why Hatteras Island is world renowned as one of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding destinations in the country is simple geography. The Pamlico Sound extends from the northern borders of Hatteras Island all the way to southern Ocracoke Island, and spans up to 30 miles across from the barrier islands to the mainland. This gives windsurfers and kiteboarders a pretty big playground to explore, with scenic views of the lighthouse and villages along the island to enhance the ride.
In addition to the miles of water to cruise through, Hatteras Island has fantastic wind conditions, which remain a steady and breezy 10-20 mph in the spring and fall seasons. The Pamlico Sound also stays relatively shallow throughout, rarely reaching depths greater than 6' feet, and allows kiteboarders and windsurfers easy launching (or re-launching) conditions, even hundreds of yards offshore. These factors all combine to make Hatteras Island a perfect destination for windsurfers and kiteboarders alike, and the area has become a regular backdrop in national and international water sports magazines, websites, and DVDs.
For vacationers who want to get their feet wet in the island's most popular water sports, but don't necessarily want to invest a lot of money into expensive equipment until they get the hang of it, Hatteras Island offers plenty of rental options. A number of water sports and beach rental businesses are located throughout the Outer Banks, and can provide potential kiteboarders or windsurfers with temporary kiteboarding and windsurfing rental equipment, accessories like wet suits or harnesses, and even seasonal lessons for an hour, a full day, or a week-long intensive clinic.
In addition, avid kiteboarders or windsurfers who are in the market for new gear will find a number of acclaimed water sports shops that offer the newest gear and equipment, so they can perform at their very best.
Regardless of whether you want to try out a new sport on your Outer Banks vacation in between beach trips, or just want to spend a full week enjoying the incredible kiteboarding and windsurfing conditions that attract riders from around the globe, you'll find that Outer Beaches Realty has you covered.
We have dozens of vacation rental homes and condos in all sizes that offer exceptional sound access, and are located in some of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding communities on the Outer Banks. With wide soundside beaches, docks or launching points, storage areas for gear, or even all of the above, these rentals are sure to keep our water sports-loving guests happily on the open water for the duration of their vacation.