What is Paddleboarding?

The paddle board—otherwise known as a stand up paddle board, or SUP—is a relatively new phenomenon in the watersport world. Despite being new to the scene, many of our Kitty Hawk Watersports customers are already catching the paddle-board excitement! We think … Continued

Invasion of the SUPs

The stand-up paddleboards are going off!  I just ordered 7 more from Starboard and I’ll be excited to try out the new models.  The customers are doing a lot of weekly rentals and the clinics are doing well.  Women love … Continued

Stand-up Paddleboarding

The stand-up paddleboarding is really starting to take off.  We just sold our second board and the clinics are gaining interest.  The clinic is where the renter gets an instructor to teach them the finer points while paddling on the … Continued

Ready, Set, Go!

As we take care of our customers we’re slowly getting ready for the season. May weather has been pretty cooperative and hopefully that will hold through Memorial Weekend. Yesterday was great! 85 degrees, sun, good breeze. Just got some Michael … Continued

Trying to reason with tourism season.

I took this picture around mid-May and thought it might be a bad omen.  By the way, that’s a snapping turtle looking inside the entrance of our shop.  He had to hike up the entire wheelchair ramp to get to this point.  He was still standing there when I had to leave so I lassoed his shell and pulled him out of the way so I could close the door.

Fortunately, business has been good.  My banker told me yesterday that June is a little soft with rental home reservations but July and August are slam-packed.

Next Monday night we plan to start our weekly SUP races.  Come out and watch or grab a board and tag-along.

Also, we just got our inflatable SUPs in.  Made by Sevylor these “boards” are amazingly stiff and light.  They come with a pump and a backpack which also has a place to strap on your paddle.  The $650 price should make it more affordable for people to get in to the sport.

Weather is here, wish you were great.


I have a small confession to make; although I profess the many attributes of the SUP I had never taken one on the ocean . . . . until Sunday.  I’ve paddled quite a bit on the sound, even on windy days, and feel very comfortable, but going on the ocean definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone.  The early morning wind was light NE around 8 mph which was just enough to keep the board tippy.  After 20’ I was exhausted and bonking (should have eaten breakfast) whereupon I finally lost my balance and took an unplanned dip.  Talking to a more experienced paddler later in the day he informed me the ocean forces you to expend much more energy than paddling on the sound.  Now I can vouch for that.

There wasn’t any wave action which was fine with me because I just wanted to get a little experience, but I did see a bit more swell when I went out on Monday morning at mp 15 in Nags Head.  I discovered on Monday that I have a tendency to look at the nose of the board when I feel my balance wavering.  Note to self:  keep your eyes up.  By looking at the board you’re not anticipating the swells but reacting to the board.

With my improved confidence I tried catching a wave or two.  There wasn’t a strong shore break but the waves were definitely going all the way to the shore which made me tentative in getting close with an eleven foot board.  If I’d had the energy and the time I probably could have gotten something but it wasn’t to be, maybe next time.