Outer Banks Guide: 3 Memorable Ways to Explore Roanoke Sound

June 16, 2023 | Dolphin Tours

Chances are that if you’re planning a vacation near the Outer Banks, you already know the beauty that awaits you. Although there’s much to see, nothing is quite as captivating as Roanoke Sound, the wide waterway that separates central Outer Banks from Roanoke Island. There are many ways to experience this tranquil area, but at Kitty Hawk Watersports, we offer unique tours to create cherished memories for you and your family. Buckle up. Here are our top three memorable ways to experience Roanoke Sound.

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5 Things to Do in the Outer Banks on Vacation

June 18, 2022 | Banana Boat Tour

The Outer Banks is not a place where Kooks and Pogues battle class wars and hunt for treasure. In fact, the show “Outer Banks” isn’t even filmed in the Outer Banks. Still, it piqued curiosity and increased travel to the area. Kitty Hawk Watersports welcomes all visitors and wants you to experience everything it offers. In fact, there are so many things to do in the Outer Banks that we had to limit our list to five. 

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

June 6, 2020 | Jet Ski Rental

At Kitty Hawk Watersports, our business is so many things to so many people. It can be an emotional outlet, an adventure, a time to stretch boundaries, entertainment, or it can simply be play. Some people come out just to get away from the daily ho-hum, while some want to give their kids a new experience. Others come out for the excitement, and many customers just want to relax.  

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Top 5 Songs for Watersports

February 25, 2018 | Jet Ski Rental

Watersports vary in pace, energy, and in the adrenaline rush they evoke. They all have their own special rhythm and type of music that goes perfectly with them. I sometimes hear songs in the wintertime, and they immediately take my mind to a moment in the summer when we were on the water having fun. In reverse, some songs are triggered when I see the activity, such as parasail chutes off in the distance. Finally, other songs start in my brain the second I get into the rhythm of an activity. For example, when I start pulling a water-skier at Kitty Hawk Watersports here in the Outer Banks, I instantly hear the Rolling Stones in my mind.

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3 Things You Need to Know before Renting a Hobie Cat

October 27, 2017 | Kitty Hawk

At Kitty Hawk Watersports, we’re proud to carry a number of different models of Hobie Cat sailboat rentals. Unlike some of our other watersport rentals, there are a few extra things you need to know before making a reservation. So in case you have sailing on the brain, read this, and then call us at (252) 441-2756 if you have any lingering questions.

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First Ever Nags Head Regatta

October 14, 2009 | Sailing

Last weekend was our first ever regatta at Kitty Hawk Water Sports and although the turnout was small everybody had good fun. The racers were mostly locals except for the Marines who came in to pick up a new purchase and what better way to give it a shake down cruise than at our regatta. On Saturday the weather held off and we got in 6 races on the triangular course. Afterwards, we had a great social at Pamlico Jack’s just a block away. If you get the chance to go there they have a great deck bar overlooking the sound. Sunday morning we woke up to clouds and cool weather. After much debating we decided on a mid-distance race across the sound. The winds were great, around 12 mph, and we were zipping across the water. Chip Forbes won the regatta on a Hobie 16 with Chris Matthews coming … Continued

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Hobie Fleet 32 regatta, May 16-17

May 18, 2009 | Sailing

Below is an email from my partner at Dolphin Marine in Norfolk, VA.  As the local Hobie dealer we try to stay involved with the local racing fleet (32) and Roy Olive is nice enough to use one of his World Cats (he’s an official dealer) as a committee boat.  He was doing just that for last weekend’s regatta.

Be advised, Roy was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam and he’s also an experienced sailor.  If he is on the water with a chase boat during a storm I’m going to feel a lot better.

Almost every sailor who’s a speed junkie has ignored a bad forecast to push the envelope and this was a classic example.  It’s happened to me and after surveying the damage I immediately regreted it.  It’s not worth the money much less the potential for injury.

Hi John,

We had a great turnout…33 boats preregistered and 29showed up.  We had
a Shark fleet of 6 boats, some A Cats, F-18’s, and numerous Hobie 14, 16
and Nacra’s.  I think we had 4 classes.  Got off 5 races on Saturday.
Event at Fort Story went well with a good time had by all. 

Sunday was a different story.  The wx was predicted to be bad but at
8:30 it appeared we could get off a couple of races if we started at 10
so a decision was made to set the course.  We went over on flat seas and
light winds to the state park, got the marks set and the committee boat
in place.  That’s when hell broke loose!  24 boats left the beach and we
were just ready to start the first race when the skies darkened and the
winds started to build.  At approximately 10am we had a full blown
squall developing with winds to 40mph.  Immediately we had many boats
capsized and people in the water.  Several boats lost sails, one got
caught in a fish trap and lost a mast.  We found ourselves in waves that
had quickly built to 6 to 7 feet and a short interval.  Two chase boats
had to retire as the conditions were beyond their capabilities.  The
World Cat 330 was the place to be.  We used it to police up the
scattered and devastated fleet.  We lost track of one boat and skipper
that was approx 1 to 2 miles off the beach so I contacted Coast Guard
for assistance with search and rescue.  Later we discovered he made it
to shore.  One of the sharks was running under a torn jib, when the crew
got thrown overboard.  We rescued him with the committee boat.  The
Shark eventually made it to shore.

Needless to say it was an expensive day for many cat sailors!
Fortunately no loss of life or injuries but it had to potential to be

Lesson learned was to heed the forecast and to keep someone on shore
with a radio to account for boats and crews.  We lost the marks and they
are probably halfway to France by now.

Hope you had a better weekend

Roy Harris Olive
General Manager/Partner
Dolphin Marine, Inc.
8166 Shore Drive, Suite 3C
Norfolk, VA 23518

Roy, thanks for all you do.

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