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Hatteras Outer Banks

Flat Spot

Water: Crystal Clear

Beach: Sand

Level: beginner

Description of Hatteras Outer Banks (United States Of America)

Hatteras Outer Banks is a string of 200 miles long barrier islands on North Carolina's Atlantic coast with several small towns between the southern Frisco and the northern Rodanthe. Hatteras offers many kite spots, suitable for any wind conditions and directions.

The choice is between the flat/choppy water of the Pamlico Sound (the internal sea) and the wave spots on the long sandy ocean beaches. The options are countless and can be summed up in the following helpful map kindly shared by the guys of Kiteclub Hatteras:

Hatteras Kite Spots


For beginner spots, they suggest 2nd Turnout, D spot, and Isabel’s/The Washout.

The best wind directions for the lagoon side are West, South-West, and North-West, while East winds are great for the Ocean waves since they become side or side-on-shore.

. In the internal lagoon, there are a lot of spots with flat water and waist-deep water, making the whole area perfect for beginners and advanced who want to learn new tricks.

The ocean side has neverending white sandy beaches and it is great wave sessions.

Either sides of the Outer Baks are great for long downwinders, granted transportation support as usual.

The wind can vary from 10 to over 30 knots, therefore having a wide quiver of kites ranging from 7m up to 14/15m is quite advisable if you want to get out on the water all the time.
The kite season is considered to go from April to October, not because of the lack of wind in the winter months but mainly because of the cold temperatures and because most shops and restaurants close.



Spot characteristics

Spot Type

Flat

Rider Skill

beginner

Crowd.

Seasonal Crowd

Beach Type

Sand

Water Quality

Crystal Clear

Tide Influence

Tide independent

Suggested Equipment

Wetsuit, shorty, shoes

Dangers

In the lagoon, there is a lot of grass and it is a good idea to use shoes.

Other info

A lot of options to rent private houses or condos in the area but it is advisable to book ahead to get the best options. Quite a good amount of grocery shops around for food supplies and several options for dining out.

Alternative activities on no-wind days can be:
Surf, kayak, and SUP;
Kayak & 4x4 tours;
Family activities.


Location

Map

spot map
Open in Google Maps

Closest City

Kitty Hawk

How to get There

Fly to Norfolk International Airport. Renting a car to access all the potential of Hatteras is a must. Then just drive south along the NC-168 and US-158 to Cape Hatteras National Park Rd. Take the connection with North Carolina Hwy 12 all the way south to Hatteras. A 4x4 will be great when driving on the sand.

Access

Plenty of access points to access both the Ocean and the Pamlico Sound side.


Wind Conditions

Wind Range

From 10 to 35 Knots

% of Windy days per month

Main wind directions

Forecast on windy.com


Video on the Kite Spot

This is a great video from the 'Our Kite Life' guys on how to enjoy at best your stay in Hatteras

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