Maps of Hatteras kiteboarding locations, Plus fun things to do links.
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Great links :
-Great sort term place to stay in Buxton , Cape Hatteras ( on the ocean and on the sound )
When in Hatteras you wont to check out Daydreams Unique Boutique & Activewear | Fatty’s Treats N Tours | Hatteras Histories & Mysteries Museum | Shipwreck Grill
– Hatteras Outer Banks charter Boat fishing ” Big Eye ” North Carolina Fishing, Hatteras Charter Boat, Outer Banks Deep Sea Fishing
The real deal on Hatteras kiteboarding. chek out the triple s kiteboarding Hatteras kiteboarding map
Kiteboarding in Cape Hatteras regulers
Cape Hatteras has become synonymous with kiteboarding sessions. Not only is it the most consistent wind destination on the East Coast of the USA (possibly the whole continent) but, it has the enviable geographic setup to take literally any wind direction. At REAL we take as many sessions as we can and this means being at the right place in the right wind to get the most out of the sessions. Here are REAL’s top 5 choices of where to go when the wind is up and it’s time to seshion!
Kite Point has to take the top spot for number one place to go when you first land on Hatteras. This shallow sandy spit sits on the sound side and is the go to place when we have a Nor Easter blowing. Kite point will often be the focal spot of the daily session as kiters congregate to help each other out and find their feet. Kite Point is a great place to head if you want to kite with others or just get your first session in before striking out to alternative spots.
Ideal Conditions: NNW-NE wind offers up butter flat water in behind the sandy point. It can be a little gusty but in a NE wind this place has the cleanest wind on the sound side. SW summer conditions offer up clean winds and good sound side riding
Hazards: Power lines run down the road side and are close to the launching and landing spot. Keep your distance from these as mishap could lead to a little singed hair and rather an unhappy island community!
South Side (past Buxton)
The South Side refers to the Coastline of Cape Hatteras that faces south. Bathed by the Gulf Stream, this area of the coast is warming up fast in the spring and offers up perfect ocean riding in the predominant SW winds. A popular weekend spot when SW winds are in. Locals and visitors alike set up near the Hatteras Ferry Docks and do long ocean down-winders to Frisco Pier. When there is good SW wind swell this can be unreal with endless carves possible as you smash wave after wave! Great place with the cross-onshore wind to master surfing with kites whether strapless or strapped. Grab a buddy and get on this session its one of the all time Hatteras greats.
Ideal Conditions: SW winds are the best for this as you are safe and will always end up back at shore. In the later season a good W wind with a tropical storm swell can deliver perfect down the line kiting.
Hazards: On the downwinder be prepared for kites down by taking a pump with you. It can be a long walk if you dump in the middle! Hitch hiking however is not a problem. It’s warmer here so expect amazing sea life inc. Turtles, which take you by surprise when they surface. Frisco Pier needs to space to get round.
Salvo Day Use Area
This spot has a special place in most beginner/intermediate kiters minds. Whether you are taking to the water, up and riding or just want endless waist deep water to practice in, SDA is the spot. Rig up your kite on the sandy beach and head out into the lagoon where you will be greeted by steady winds, flat water and lots of space to go out and play. Windsurfers usually frequent this spot also so it can be fun to race them out and back (but don’t get too close). The community of kiters that session here are really mellow and will be only too happy to get you launched and out on the water. It’s a great place to check out gear you might want too as most people test their new kite equipment here before going further afield. Summer sessions here are the best and if you have a family it’s the ideal place to go for the day to suit everyoneSDA
Ideal Conditions: Summer SW winds are classic here. NW can also be good later in the season.
Hazards: Can get busy in the high summer but there is so much space. The sandy beach is small so get some help the first time you launch here. If you go far downwind there are some properties so best to stay out in the sound and walk back.
Rodanthe-Salvo Downwinder Ocean Downwinder
Starting the downwinder in Rodanthe and heading South in perfect NE conditions is going to be one of the highlights of your stay. Pump up on the beach just North of Rodanthe town and you will be straight into the action. When conditions line up, roping lefts peel off the outside bars and reform on the inside. For the goofy footer this run is a dream as you will be given ample practice ground for big hits. For regular footers, this is rare time to really hone your backhand. Works from knee to over head high. Land anywhere in town depending on your plans. One suggestion would be to drop a car at Ramp 23 and take on the whole Tri-Village downwinder. Waves abound in this kitesurf park!
Ideal Conditions: NE Wind with NE swell is perfect. If the wind has slightly more N then unhooking can be amazing. If you prefer to stay in one place then S-Turns (Rodanthe) itself offers shape in most swells.
Hazards: The main hazard will be houses close to the water at the north end of Rodanthe. Make sure you give Rodanthe Pier a good amount of room too and watch out for fishermen on the pier! Bailing early on the session could mean a long walk but you can always hitchhike. In the summer be aware that the beach will be busy with tourists so remain respectful and get out of their way quickly when you land.
Hatteras Island (historically, Croatoan Island) is a barrier island located off the North Carolina coast. Dividing the Atlantic Ocean and the Pamlico Sound, it runs parallel to the coast, forming a bend at Cape Hatteras. It is part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and includes the towns of Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, and Hatteras. It contains the largest part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It is almost entirely in Dare County, North Carolina, but there is a very small sliver of about 45 acres (0.18 km2) which extends southwest into Hyde County.
The island is one of the longest in the contiguous United States, measuring 42 miles (68 km) along a straight line from end to end, or roughly 50 miles (80 km) along the curve of the land.
Hatteras Island is known for sport fishing, surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding, and is known as
Accommodations range from hotels and condos to luxurious oceanfront cottages. Hatteras Island is often used fordestination weddings, family reunions, and special events.
- iWindsurf.com– Real time wind speed and direction, forecasts, archives (subscription site, but there’s a lot of great free info, too)
- windguru.com– Computer model forecasts showing wind speed and direction, swell height, period, and direction, air temperature, cloud cover, and rainfall
- wunderground.com– General weather readings/forecasts for Avon, NC
- wunderground radar loop
- wunderground tropical weather
- Rutgers.edu– Sea Surface Temperatures
- NOAA’s Diamond Shoals Buoy Readings– current wave height and period
Webcams (listed North to South)
- Rodanthe Pier Cam
- Soundside in Waves
- Surfline Avon Pier Webcam (Just North of the pier, across from the shop)
- South Avon/Ramp 38 Webcam
- Surfline Lighthouse Webcam (Buxton)
- Frisco Pier Webcam (South facing beaches)
- Hatteras Village Webcam (South facing beaches)
Local Forum for on-site user based updates:
According to the United States Census Bureau the island has a land area of 85.56 km² (33.04 sq mi) and a population of 4,001 as of the 2000 census. It lies in parts of Kinnakeet Township and Hatteras Township in Dare County, andOcracoke Township in Hyde County.
Buxton is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) on Hatteras Island (part of the Outer Banks) near Cape Hatteras. It is located in Dare County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 1,273.
North Carolina Highway 12 links the community to other Outer Banks communities such as Avon, Frisco, andHatteras. Buxton is most famous for being the location of Cape Hatteras Light, and prides itself as being the home of the Cape Hatteras Anglers Club.