08/17/11

Flags Over Hatteras – Civil War Sesquicentennial on Hatteras Island and Events for the Week of Aug. 20-Aug.27

Surf or Sound Realty is a proud sponsor of the “Flags Over Hatteras” Sesquicentennial Event on Hatteras Island, happening August 22nd through August 28th.

This 150th anniversary will commemorate the events that occurred on Hatteras Island in August of 1861.

While visiting Hatteras Island, make sure you stop by the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and check out the Civil War Exhibit! The special exhibit “Flags Over Hatteras” is open to the public and free of charge.

Here are the detailst:

Exhibit open’s August 22, 2011 – July 31, 2012
Museum Hours: April – October
Monday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
November – March
Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

This exhibit will feature items and documents spanning from across our country that is related to Eastern North Carolina activities and actions during 1861. The exhibit is focused around the Battle of Fort Hatteras and Fort Clark, Aug. 28-29,1861 and will also explore “The Capture of the Fanny” and “The Chicamacomico Races” in October of the same year.

Three events are scheduled throughout the week:
1. The Blue-Gray Reunion – August 22-August 24, 2011
2. The Civil War Conference – August 25-August 27, 2011
3. Living History Programs – August 27-August 28, 2011

The Blue-Gray Reunion is by invitation only to descendants of soldiers who participated in the battles from August-October, 1861. It’s a great way to meet the ancestors of the soldiers. Descendents will be sharing stories, photos, journals, etc. Lots of activities are planned and speakers and Civil War music will be provided. There is no charge or fee for this event but they do require you to register by mail or email here.

The Civil War Conference will feature three nationally known authors and historians: James McPherson, Ed Bearss and Craig Symonds. Stick around after dinner and listen to one of them give their talk each evening at the Hatteras Village Civic Center in Hatteras. Attendance is open to the public, but limited to about 250 attendees. The registration fee is $175 which includes 3 dinners, 3 nationally known speakers, refreshments, additional speakers and power point presentations, Civil War exhibits, collections, ‘Living History’ programs, Civil War music and ‘Monument Dedication’.

Living History Programs are scheduled to be held at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Saturday, August 27th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Sunday, August 28, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The programs will feature re-enactors of the regiments involved in the action at Hatteras Inlet in August of 1861. The re-enactors will present artillery demonstrations, encampments, drills and period music. In addition, a civil war era’ Ladies Fashion’ show will be presented as well as a Civil War era Battery forge. These programs are free of charge and are open to the public.

For a complete schedule of programs and events, click here.

Don’t miss the chance to step back in time and enjoy this educational experience! It’s not too late to take a last minute vacation this summer with Great Savings! Book your Hatteras Island Vacation home for the week of August 20th today!

Check out these other fun events happening the week of August 20th:

Saturday, Aug 20 & 27
Hatteras Village Fish Fry
5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hatteras village Volunteer Fire Department. The cost is $9 for adults and $6 for children. Carry-out is available. Come out and enjoy a little bit of island life as you feast on fresh fish and all the fixin’s – Hatteras Island’s best traditional summer dinner!

Tuesday Aug 23
Free Kid’s Day with Kitty Hawk Kites
2 locations and times: 10am -12pm in Hatteras Village -at Hatteras Landing Shops, next to the ferry and 4pm – 6pm in Avon village. Shoot water guns, get your face painted, and try out the newest toys and games.

Wednesday Aug 24
Free Kid’s Day with Kitty Hawk Kites
4pm -7pm at the Kitty Hawk Kites store in Rodanthe at Waves Village. Shoot water guns, get your face painted, and try out the newest toys and games.

Aug 23- 25
REAL Kids Camp
Time: 10am – 4pm. Location: REAL Watersports in Waves village.
Get your son or daughter into the water in a safe and positive instructional environment with the REAL Kids Camp! Let the coaches at REAL show your kids the ropes in and around the water. Surfing, Kiteboarding, Standup Paddleboarding and more. Ages 7-12. Call for information: (866)REAL-548 | (252)987-6000.

FREE Kona Summer Concert Series at REAL Watersports.
Monday, August 22 – WILDER BROTHERS
Thursday, August 25 – MOJO COLLINS
Concerts are family friendly and all ages are welcome! The concert location and waterfront views are unbelievable with epic sunsets and exciting kiteboarding action right at the water’s edge. You can sit at tables near the band, enjoy a draft Kona Beer at the bar at MOJOs Sunset Cafe, or enjoy the Bermuda grass lawn area on a beach blanket or chair. This is the best way to wrap up any day in Cape Hatteras! All shows are FREE and OPEN to the public.

SUMMER PROGRAMS ON HATTERAS ISLAND

The Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station and the National Park Service offer Daily Summer Programs. Below are some fun events for you to check out during your Hatteras Island vacation!

WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN… Evening events on Hatteras Island offered by the Park Service

Tuesday Aug 23

Evening Campfire
Time: 8:00pm. Location: Buxton Lifeguarded Beach. -Spend an evening under the stars hearing stories of the Outer Banks. Topics may include shipwrecks, pirates, sea life, and legends. Bring a beach chair, a blanket, flashlight, and bug spray.

Wednesday Aug 24
Night Lights
Time: 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Location: Pre-register at Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Join a ranger for a short walk to search the tide line for glowing marine plankton and the sky for planets and constellations. Find out why protecting the dark is valuable to both people and wildlife.

Thursday Aug 25
Night Climb
Time: 8pm and 9pm. Location: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Enjoy a guided tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. ..at NIGHT! You will need to pre-purchase Night Climb tickets in person between 8:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the lighthouse ticket booth Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday on the week you intend to climb. Each program is limited to 30 participants and tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are non-refundable and children must be at least 42″ tall. Bring a flashlight!

The Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station Summer Programs
Time: All programs are at 2pm
Location: Chicamacomico U.S. Lifesaving Station – 23645 NC Highway 12, or Milepost 39 ½ (Programs are outdoors and thus weather dependent. Programs are free with Regular Site Admission Fee)

Monday Aug 22
Nights in Rodanthe the Movie — Behind the Scenes
Nearly all exterior scenes were actually filmed right here in Rodanthe, where Chicamacomico is located. Site Operations Manager, Linda Molloy, was cast as Jill Torrelson opposite Richard Gere in a brief but pivotal role. Come get the scoop! Linda will autograph and personalize your book and DVD purchases here for a truly unique vacation souvenir.

Tuesday Aug 23

America’s Forgotten Heroes
Discover the forgotten yet fascinating history of the United States Life-Saving Service, the original “Storm Warriors” who were the predecessors of today’s U.S. Coast Guard… Absorb the unbelievable details of actual rescues done here, especially the dramatic SS Mirlo story- the most highly awarded maritime rescue in U.S. history, right here!

Wednesday Aug 24

The Real Taffy Of Torpedo Junction
This fictional novel tells the daring antics of an independent young teenager living on Hatteras Island during World War II. ‘Taffy” was based on the real-life Carol Dillon, Hatteras Island native. She will enthrall you with her stories of what was fiction and what was not.

Thursday Aug 25
Beach Apparatus Drill
The U.S. Life-Saving Service required all stations to practice this rescue method weekly. Chicamacomico is now one of only two places in the country– and the ONLY one to be performed by active-duty US Coast Guard personnel–that performs the complete Drill. It is recommended to arrive by 1:30.

Friday Aug 26
What Really Happened to “The Lost Colony”?
Where did they go? Right here on Hatteras Island, where they actually first started. Scott Dawson’s compelling delivery will have you spellbound. Documentation & evidence abound.

FREE Park Service Events:
The Cape Hatteras National Park offers FREE Hatteras Island events for the family and kids of all ages.

Daily in the Summer:
Sentinel of the Shore
Time: Daily 12:00pm to 12:30pm and 2:00pm to 2:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Learn about the rich history of, and future plans for, the park’s majestic lighthouses.

Daily in the Summer
Hatteras Island – Pirates!

Time: Daily from 4:00pm to 4:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -In the 1700’s, pirates frequently visited the Outer Banks. Find out why the area was so attractive to pirates and how the golden age of piracy dramatically ended.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
National Park Service Program: Especially for Kids
Time: 11:00 am to 11:45 am. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. This program offers hands-on activities that allow kids to have fun learning about the seashore. Check at the visitor center to learn the topic of the day. Free for all ages.

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Hatteras Island – Soundside Snorkeling
Time: 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Location: Pre-register at Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -It’s not the Caribbean, but the shallow waters of the Pamlico Sound are home to an array of small fish, shrimp, and crabs. Limited to 20 participants.

Monday, Wednesday ,Friday
Civil War on the Outer Banks
Time: 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Join a ranger for a view of the Outer Banks’ role in the Civil War!

Tuesday
Old Days at the Weather Station
Time: 3:30pm to 4:15pm. Location: Hatteras U.S. Weather Bureau Station, in the heart of Hatteras Village. -Join this tour of the restored Hatteras Weather Bureau Station and hear about the villagers who worked there during both tranquil and stormy times.

Tuesday & Thursday
Graveyard of the Atlantic
Time: 5:00pm to 5:30pm. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Countless ships have met their end off the Outer Banks. Learn how storms, shoals, war, and commerce have contributed to the wreckage, and hear stories of those who risked their lives to save the victims.

Wednesday Programs:
Explore the Shore: Beach Walk
Time: 8:00am to 9:00am. Location: Old Lighthouse site parking lot
Enjoy an early morning ranger-led walk across the undeveloped ocean beaches of Hatteras Island. Learn about this changing shoreline and the plants and animals that make this dynamic environment their home.

Cast Netting
Time: 9:30am. Location: Pre-register at the Hatteras Island Museum at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Casting a net from shore is one of the oldest methods of fishing. Give it a try or just come to observe the action. You’re welcome to bring your own cast net. Wear wading shoes. Limited to 25 participants.

Seashore Arts
Time: 11:00am to 11:30am. Location: Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -Get in touch with your artistic side and create a lasting memory of the seashore! Bring a cotton t-shirt or pillow case to create a seashore-inspired masterpiece. Limited to 16 participants.

Thursday
Coast Guard Station Tour
Time: 3:30pm to 4:30pm. Location: Pre-register at Hatteras Island Visitor Center at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. -The U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor, the U.S. Life-Saving Service, have a long and heroic history on the Outer Banks. Sign up today and enjoy a unique tour of an active U.S. Coast Guard Station. Limited to 20 participants.

Wednesday, Aug 24 & Friday Aug 26

Pea Island Family Canoe Tour
10am – 12 noon. Designed especially for kids and others who want to explore the marshes, islands, and creeks of Pamlico Sound via New Inlet. This tour includes hands-on exploration. Hats, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended – footwear required. (2 hours); $25 per person ($15 for children, 12 years and under). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Call 252-216-9464. Meet at New Inlet; 3 miles south of Visitor Center

Thursday, Aug 25
Pea Island Canoe Tour
9am – 12 noon. Visit the quiet side of Pea Island. Explore the marshes, islands, and creeks of Pamlico Sound via New Inlet. Learn about the natural history of the area. Look for birds, crabs, terrapins, skates, and more! Hats, sunscreen, and drinking water are recommended. (3 hours); $35 per person ($20 for children, 12 years and under). RESERVATIONS REQUIRED – Call 252-216-9464. Meet at New Inlet; 3 miles south of Visitor Center


08/4/11

Chicamacomico's Centennial Celebration Trifecta on Hatteras Island

“Honoring Our Heroes – Preserving Our Past.” That’s the motto at the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. Today, August 4th, 2011, the 1911 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station (located at MP 39.5 in Rodanthe) will celebrate their centennial with a trifecta of events to be remembered for another one hundred years!

Three celebrations take place today:
The 1911 Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Centennial
The 6th Annual National Heroes Day
National Coast Guard Day

According to the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Museum Complex, “Chicamacomico was part of the United States Life-Saving Service (USLSS) and was the first station built in North Carolina. The original station, dating from 1874, is still on the site as one of eight buildings belonging to the Chicamacomico Historical Association. The men of the United States Life-Saving Service (1871-1915) were the original rescue heroes, the “storm warriors” who made dramatic and heroic rescues of shipwreck victims whose lives were in peril from the sea. In their history, nation-wide, the USLSS’s men responded to over 178,000 lives in peril from the sea, of which they saved over 177,000! In 1915, this service merged with the US Revenue Cutter Service to form the United States Coast Guard who routinely continues this tradition of heroism.”

Chicamacomico decided to honor and celebrate true American heroes of the past and the present. Participants invited include the US Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, local volunteer fire departments, local law enforcement agencies, local EMS units and Ocean Rescue squads, Cape Hatteras Electric, NPS Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, and perhaps some last-minute surprises. Equipment on display and/or in use includes fire engines, ambulances, police cars, Coast Guard helicopter, rescue boats, and others. There will be numerous displays, demonstrations, and exhibits as well as hands-on activities and participation events and live period music.

Today’s Schedule of Events for Chicamacomico’s 6th Annual “American Heroes Day” and the 1911 Life-Saving Station Centennial:

10:00 Event Opens (All emergency vehicles: NO sirens or lights this time)
10:30 Opening Ceremonies – Main Stage Area
-Posting of Colors, United States Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard, Alexandria, VA.
-Welcoming Remarks: James Charlet, Chicamacomico Historic Site Manager.
-Guest Speaker for the1911 Centennial: Capt Anthony Popeil, Commander, USCG Sector North Carolina.
-Guest Speaker for the 6th Annual American Heroes Day: Joe Swartzer, Director, North Carolina -Maritime Museums System
-1911 Life-Saving Station Restorer: Ken Wenberg
-Browsing time for exhibits, displays, tables and talking with Special Guests
12:00 S.S. Mirlo Rescue Story & Sea Chantey Singer John Golden Ramp of 1874 Station
1:00 Beach Apparatus Drill Starts at 1874 Station
(Teams USCG Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet & Station Hatteras Inlet)
2:00 Water Rescue Demo (Chicamacomico Banks VFD Water Rescue Unit) On the Beach
3:00 USCG Search & Rescue Demo (SAR), Jayhawk Helicopter & GC 47’Lifeboat On the Beach
(USCG Air Station Elizabeth City and USCG Motor Lifeboat Station Oregon Inlet)

Ongoing Events Throughout The Day:

• Hot dogs, chips & sodas, for sale!
• US Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet- static display of 25 foot response boat & tow truck
• US Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet- interactive demonstration of fixing vessel water leaks
• Chicamacomico Banks Volunteer Fire Dept & Water Rescue Unit- static display and inspection of ladder truck and jet-ski, and tow truck. See demo above.
• Dare County Sheriff Department- live demos of K9 Officer and dog, static displays and inspection of patrol car and 5 ton “storm truck”
• Dare County Emergency Medical Services – static display of EMS ambulance and equipment
• Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue Unit – static display of truck and lifeguard equipment
• Salvo Volunteer Fire Department – static display and inspection of company fire engine
• North Carolina Highway Patrol – static display and inspection of SUV Patrol vehicle.
• Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative Bucket Truck-climb in trucks, try on lineman gear, ride way up in the bucket!!
• Tables, displays, handouts, and conversations with – Interaction with Special Guests, Dare County Emergency Management, NPS Cape Hatteras Nation Seashore, Outer Banks Lighthouse Society.
• 1911 Centennial Participants- Restorer Ken Wenberg in the old cookhouse, Period 25′ shad boat, Antique sewing machines, Antique gas engines, Period songs from Sea Notes, John Golden, and Juliann & Richard

*This is a tentative schedule and subject to change due to the fact that active-duty emergency personnel and equipment are present and may be called out before or during the event.

Admission fees are a flat $5 per person. Children 5 and under are free. Chicamacomico’s seven acre site will be filled with equipment and displays of the participants, so parking will be across the street. Carpooling is encouraged. No coolers allowed. Cold bottled water will be available for sale.

For additional information, contact the Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station at (252) 987-1552.

Surf or Sound Realty is proud to be a sponsor of the Centennial Celebration on Hatteras Island. If you are visiting the Outer Banks today, don’t miss this fun family event during your Hatteras Island vacation!


06/17/11

Celebrating Father's Day On Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island is a great place to celebrate Father’s Day! There are plenty of sights, attractions and activities to share with the number one guy in your life – Dad!

A great way to create lasting memories with Dad is by taking him fishing! Hatteras Island is know for its fantastic fishing. Whether you want to hop on a boat, hang out on the shore or take in the beautiful views, Hatteras Island offers a complete and unique fishing experience.
1. Charter fishing. What better way to spend time with Dad and the family than on a boat? Call Captain Steve Caldwell with Coastal Inshore Charters at (252) 986-2284 OR Captain Jay Kavanagh aboard the Bite Me at (252) 996-0295 to book your trip!
2. Surf Fishing. All you need is a chair, a cooler, a pole and a nice spot on the sand!
3. Pier Fishing. Avon Fishing Pier and Hatteras Island Fishing Pier in Rodanthe both have a blanket fishing license, so you don’t need to purchase one to fish from the pier. Also free? The spectacular views!

Frisco Rod and Gun is a great source for your fishing needs and has great gifts for Dad! They carry surf and offshore tackle and bait, rods, clothing, sunglasses, shoes and more! You can stock up on snacks and ice for your fishing adventure as well! Call them at (252) 995-5366 or visit them online www.friscorodgun.com.

Maybe Dad is more of the adventurous type. Hatteras Island is known to have some of the best kiteboarding in the world! If kiteboarding isn’t Dad’s thing there’s always surfing, standup paddleboarding, hang gliding, parasailing and kayaking. Kitty Hawk Kites and REAL Watersports are two places that offer apparel, lessons and rentals for the thrill seeking beginners and families!
Kitty Hawk Kites – Locations in Waves, Hatteras and Ocracoke. 1-877-359-8447.
REAL Watersports – Located in Waves. (252) 987-6000.
Fox Watersports – Located in Buxton and Hatteras. A great place for your adrenaline needs and apparel! (252) 995-4102.

Another great way to celebrate Dad’s day is by visiting some of the local historical sights and taking in the attractions.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – One of the most famous and recognizable lighthouses in the world. Located in Buxton. Cost: $7 for adults; $3.50 for senior citizens and children 11 and under. There is also a visitors center and gift shop, nearby nature trails and a wooded picnic area.
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum – One of the most innovative maritime museums and facilities in the nation! For information and visiting hours call (252) 986-2995.
Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station– Take a tour of this historic flagship lifesaving station, built in 1874. Located in Rodanthe. For information and visiting hours, call (252) 987-1552.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for Dad, Hatteras Island offers many specialty items and a unique shopping experience!
Buxton Village Books – For the bookworm! Buxton, (252) 995-4240
Island Spice and Wine – One of a kind brews and wines! Avon, (252) 995-7750
Nags Head Hammocks – Avon, 1-800-344-6433

What do Dad’s love? Food! Let the amazing chefs on Hatteras Island take care of lunch or dinner!
Atlantic Coast Cafe. -2 locations: Avon at the Avon fishing pier (252) 995-7700; Waves (252)987-1200
Cafe Pamlico. Casual fine dining on Pamlico Sound in Buxton (252) 995-4500
Crazy Johnny’s Bar-B-Que. Catering for a relaxed meal at home or on the beach (252) 996-0711
Good Winds Restaurant. Soundfront in Rodanthe at Kitty Hawk Kites (252) 987-1100
Mojo’s Sunset Cafe. Soundfront at REAL Watersports in Waves (252) 987-1600
Nino’s Pizza. Hwy 12 in Avon -celebrating 30 years! (252) 995-5358

There are endless ways to spend time and create lasting memories with Dad on Hatteras Island. From everyone at Surf or Sound Realty, have a safe and happy Father’s Day!


06/15/11

Outer Banks Makes Coastal Living’s List For Best Coastal Bike Trails

Coastal Living just released its list of best coastal bike trails on its website. It came as no surprise to us that the Outer Banks made the list. Hatteras Island is known for its abundance of recreational activities, including a favorite past time for young and old – riding bikes.

For distance cyclists, there’s no better route than right along NC Highway 12. With a bike lane that extends for 55 miles, and a flat, even route throughout the entire stretch, (aka, no hills), Highway 12 attracts cyclists from all over the world who want to go the distance and enjoy some amazing scenery along the way.

Looking for a more leisurely ride? Explore the trails along the Pamlico Sound and maritime forests. For example, the National Park Service grounds around the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse offers a multitude of trails, or the Salvo Day Use Area has small paved unused roads winding along the sound. Many communities, like Wind Over Waves and Hatteras Colony in Salvo and Avon, are also perfect for bicyclists, with winding roads and little traffic. Kinnakeet in Avon and Hatteras Village are especially nice for bicycle rides with historic houses and scenic architecture and island historical spots.

If you didn’t bring your bikes with you on your vacation you can always rent them! Ocean Atlantic Rentals offers bike rentals, as well as rentals for just about all of your beach needs, and they offer delivery service! Visit them online at www.oceanatlanticrentals.com, or call their Hatteras store at (252) 995-5868.


06/9/11

Outer Banks Anglers Set to Participate in 53rd Annual Big Rock Tournament

The 53rd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament is happening June 10th-18th along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Big Rock is a modified release tournament targeting blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish. Gamefish levels include dolphin, tuna and wahoo. This six-day event will bring out hundreds of the best fishermen in the world, all hoping to take home part of a cash purse that exceeds more than $1 million – a huge difference from the original Big Rock purse of 250 silver dollars!

The waters off the coast of the Outer Banks and along the coastline of North Carolina are notorious for their record breaking blue marlin catches. Did you know there was a time when the existence of blue marlins along the coastline was purely a myth? Residents in Moorehead City, NC had been told many tales by sailors about the blue marlin, and eventually decided to find out for themselves if they existed or not. In the summer of 1957, the small town raised a small cash prize and a small charter boat fleet headed out in hopes of catching the elusive fish. During that summer, many captains claim to have spotted the marlins, but none were ever caught. That all changed September 14th when Raleigh angler, Jimmy Croy, snagged a 143-pound blue marlin aboard the Mary Z. The crew radioed in their catch, and by the time they pulled into port the small town had gathered to greet them with an impromptu parade and a wagon full of silver dollars! For more Big Rock history, click here.

Last year, 155 boats fished the waters off Morehead City, North Carolina and competed for a record purse of $1,658,450. This year looks like it’s shaping up to be an even bigger event, with the 14th Annual Keli Wagner Big Rock Lady Angler Event kicking off the festivities the evening of June 10th. For the complete schedule of events, click here.

Local boats Hunter and Qualifier, both from Manteo, and Sea Creature from Hatteras have already registered and are gearing up for the tournament. On Big Rock’s website you can listen to the captains throughout the day via their boat radios. At the end of the day they also have live feed of the boats coming in to weigh, which you can watch here.

The Big Rock is a non-profit tournament and has donated over $2,300,000 dollars to charity and worthy organizations. Randy Ramsey, board of directors President says, “Our goal is to offer participants the finest sportfishing tournament experience while helping support Big Rock’s many worthwhile charities.”

For more information on the Big Rock tournament, click here.
For a list of retailers selling this years Big Rock T-shirt, click here.
Watch last year’s weigh-in video here.


05/26/11

Memorial Day Weekend On Hatteras Island

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer on Hatteras Island! It’s a hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, toes in the sand kind of weekend filled with family, friends and fun. More importantly, it is a time to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense and honor of our freedom. As you hit the beach for Memorial Day weekend, we hope you have a wonderful vacation and join us in taking a moment to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day.

To keep the kids of all ages entertained this weekend, here’s a guide to help you plan your visit and enjoy all of the unique events and attractions the island has to offer!

Events & Entertainment

• May 27 -30 Endless Summer Weekend at REAL Watersports
These family friendly events include: Delicious food and beverages available at MOJOs Sunset Cafι, Daily Surf Sessions , FREE Robert August Surfboard and SUP Demos .

LIVE Music on the soundfront back deck:

Thursday, May 26th 6-10pm : Mojo Collins
Saturday, May 28th 6-10pm : The Wilder Brothers.

Sunday, May 29th, 7-9pm Endless Summer Movie: Watch the original Endless Summer Movie with Robert August as he narrates the behind the scenes events, comedy and session stories. This is a truly amazing night! For more info, visit http://www.realwatersports.com/news/endless-summer-weekend/

• May 28 -30 Hatteras Island Kite Expo at The Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort, Rodanthe village. Bring the whole family and check out the first ever East Coast KiteExpo! This is the largest Kite/SUP Demo Event East of the Mississippi! In the inaugural edition of this to-be annual event, dozens of Kiteboarding & SUP companies will come out to show off their products and gear at one of America’s top Kiting Destinations! Kiteboarding clinics, product presentations, photo shoots, nightly entertainment, great food & great kiting, along with the proximity to so many East Coast Kiters & SUPers should make this THE Memorial Day Weekend Event to attend for years to come. For more info, visit www.thekiteexpo.com

• May 28 Live Music at Sandbar & Grille
Hwy 12, Buxton Soundfront. For the adults in the group, Sandbar & Grille is featuring a reggae band “Donovan and The Posse” From 10pm to 2am. For more info, visit http://www.sandbarandgrille.com/ordereze/Default.aspx

Attractions

• Nothing beats a great round of miniature golf, and there are plenty of locations to show off your skills!
1. Avon Golf: Hwy 12 at the Avon Pier (252) 995-5480
2. Uncle Eddy’s Frozen Custard and 18-Hole Mini Golf: Hwy 12, Buxton (252) 995-4059
3. Frisco Mini Golf and Go Karts: Hwy 12, Frisco (252) 995-6325

• Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum – One of the most innovative maritime facilities in the nation. FREE admission to the public! (252) 986-2995

• Chicamacomico Life Saving Station: – One of the oldest life saving stations in the U.S., celebrating their centennial this year!

• Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – The tallest lighthouse in America!

Hatteras Island is a great place to shop and discover truly unique treasures! Sport your red, white and blue in style by checking out these area shops. Many are having Memorial Day Weekend Sales!

• NEW to the island!! Beach Diva – Beautiful Clothing for the beach goddess in all of us! Stowe on 12 Shoppes in Hatteras Village
• FOX Watersports – Mens and Womens clothing and a huge selection of flip flops! Now with TWO Locations: Hwy 12, Buxton and Stowe on 12 Shoppes in Hatteras Village
• REAL Watersports Flagship store – Biggest selection of mens and womens clothing and accessories on the island!- at Real Watersports, Waves Village
• Frisco Rod & Gun – Hwy 12, Frisco – huge selection of mens, womens and kids clothing featuring Salt Life, Guy Harvey, Pelagic and more – everything you need for a day at the beach or on the boat!
• Bella Boutique – full line of women’s clothing, shoes and accessories – hwy 12, avon, next to Nino’s Pizza

There are also plenty of things to do if you arrive early on check in day. Get a head start on experiencing Hatteras Island and start having fun!

• Beat the heat and grab some ice cream at a nearby shop!
1. Cool Wave -Buxton Back Rd, Buxton
2. Village Conery Ice Cream & Yogurt -Hwy 12, Salvo MP 42
3. Hatteras Sno-Balls -the only snow cone stand on the island! Hwy 12, Frisco

• Check out and browse through some surf/skate/SUP/beach gear. These two locations carry a wide variety and selection of everything you will need for the beach!
1. Kitty Hawk Kites – Offering gear, rentals and tours! Waves, MP 40, 24502 Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC 27968; (252) 987-2528
2. REAL Kitboarding – REAL Flagship Store in the Village of Waves – Everything you need to kiteboard, surf, standup paddleboard or just enjoy the beach! Waves, 25706 Highway 12, Waves, NC 27982; (252) 987-6000

• Too tired and hungry to explore? Enjoy the AC and atmosphere at one of these great nearby restaurants!
1. Mojo’s Sunset Cafι – Located on the back of the REAL Flagship Store in Waves, about half a mile from the Salvo office. Sit outside on the deck and enjoy the beautiful views right on the sound! Family friendly atmosphere with grab and go meals. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. http://www.realwatersports.com/mojos/

2. Cafι 12, located near the Avon office – locally owned and family operated restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Try one of their famous Hatteras Flats! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-12/87506210255

3. Atlantic Coast Cafι – two convenient locations! One in Avon, across from the Avon office, and one in Waves, just down the street from the Salvo office. Offering everything from wraps, burgers, salads, seafood and BBQ! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. http://www.atlanticcoastcafe.com/

4. Good Winds Seafood & Wine Bar – Located at the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Resort in Rodanthe, NC, the restaurant offers fine dining at a reasonable price. http://www.goodwindsrestaurant.com

5. Ninos Pizza, located just down the street from the Avon office – A slice of Sicily on the beach! (252) 995-5358

• Of course – the salt air, sand and ocean may be too tempting, so if you can’t wait to hit the ground running, make sure you pack your bathing suits, towels, and cooler last. That way they are easy to find and grab once you arrive!

Like most Memorial Day Weekends, traffic is heavier than usual. If you are driving from the north, are you aware of the alternate route to arrive on Hatteras Island? Highway 158 can become pretty congested, leaving you at a stand-still, and the alternate route lets you bypass hwy 158 completely.

Need directions? We’ve got that covered!


Alternate Route 1 From the North

(Red Route on map) From I-64 in Chesapeake, take exit 291B for US-17 South, VA 168 South. Take exit 15B for US-17 South, keep right on US-17 South. Follow US-17 South into North Carolina. Take US-17 South by-pass around Elizabeth City. Continue on US-17 South to NC-37 South. Turn left on NC-37 South. NC-37 South becomes NC-32 South. Follow NC-32 South. Make left onto 94 South. Make right onto Benson Road. Turn left on US-64 East. Keep going east to Roanoke Island and The Outer Banks. (Make note – the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge bypasses the towns of Manns Harbor and Manteo.) Once across the Causeway, Turn right onto NC-12 South onto Hatteras Island.

Alternate Route 2 From the North
Follow I-95 South to North Carolina and take Exit 138 for US-64 East toward Rocky Mount. Follow US-64 East through Williamston and Plymouth, NC. From Plymouth, NC keep going East to Roanoke Island and The Outer Banks. (Make note – the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge bypasses the towns of Manns Harbor and Manteo.) Once across the Causeway, Turn right onto NC-12 South onto Hatteras Island.

If you are taking the Chesapeake Expressway, the toll fee has increased:

    Toll is now $3 on weekdays and $6 on weekends.

To bypass the toll:

From the North: Take VA-168 South to Exit 8B. Take the clover to Hillcrest Parkway and turn right onto Battlefield Blvd. Turn right onto VA-168 South.

From the South: Take VA-168 North to Battlefield Blvd. stop light. Turn left onto Battlefield Blvd. Turn left onto Hillcrest Parkway and take Ramp on right to VA-168 North.

Don’t forget – when you arrive on Hatteras Island and get out of the car, take a deep breath and inhale the fresh ocean air. Aaaahhhhh…you’ve arrived!

From everyone at Surf or Sound Realty, we are wishing you a very safe and happy Memorial Day!


05/23/11

BBC Features Ocracoke's British Cemetery

Many know Hatteras Island best for it’s beautiful beaches and relaxing environment. Another thing Hatteras Island is known for is its rich history.

BBC World News recently did a story on the British cemetery on Ocracoke Island. Not familiar with it? Check out the short video below, explaining the history of the cemetery.

The next time you take a trip to Ocracoke Island, make sure you add this attraction to your list of places to visit!


05/17/11

Outer Banks Fishing & Family Fun at Jennette's Pier


Celebrate the Grand Opening of Jennette’s Pier on Saturday, May 21st and enjoy fishing, family and fun! The newly constructed, 1,000 foot concrete pier is part of the North Carolina Aquariums system and comes complete with a 16,000 square foot pier house with snack bar, tackle shop and gift shop. There are also classrooms and educational displays and programs that explore the North Carolina Aquariums’ mission to inspire appreciation and conservation of the state’s aquatic environments.

It is all about fishing, family and fun at the new Jennette’s Pier, located in south Nags Head near Whalebone Junction. Be sure to stop by on the way to your Hatteras Island vacation! Admission is free on Saturday, May 21st for the grand opening celebration. Free fishing will be available all day and night following the opening ceremonies. Bring your fishing poles or just stop by for a stroll on the pier, with unbelievable views overlooking the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. Parking will fill up fast, so look for satellite parking with shuttle service at designated places nearby, such as the town of Nags Head municipal complex and the grass area south of the Dunes Restaurant.

On Sunday, May 22, Jennette’s Pier will launch the summer season with fishing 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are also working on summer programs and activities for all ages. For more information, visit Jennette’s Pier online or call 252-255-1501.

Jennette’s Pier and the North Carolina Aquarium- a New Chapter of Outer Banks History

Originally built in 1939, the pier was 754 feet long and 16 feet wide, with a 28-foot-wide “T” on the end. From the deck of the pier anglers cast their lines for more than sixty years, though numerous hurricanes and nor’easters battered the structure and caused it to be repaired and rebuilt from time to time.

The pier house was reconstructed on several occasions, later becoming a much larger facility with a restaurant, tackle shop, and arcade. Eventually, the Jennette family sold their interest in the pier. Years later in 2003, the pier was sold again to the North Carolina Aquarium Society so that it might be developed into an educational outpost for the Aquarium. But in September 2003, Hurricane Isabel swept the North Carolina coast, knocking down about 540 feet of Jennette’s Pier and practically shutting down an Outer Banks institution. It then became time to rethink the fishing pier concept, with the Aquariums taking the lead to rebuild Jennette’s as an all-concrete, 1,000-foot-long, educational ocean pier. On May 22, 2009, Governor Beverly Perdue led a gathering of legislators, local officials, and Aquarium leaders for a “sand-breaking” on the site of the new $25 million Jennette’s Pier, seventy years to the day from the first construction. Now, two years later, the pier will be opened to the public and an Outer Banks history lives on for many more generations to come.


05/11/11

Celebrating Tourism on Hatteras Island

National Tourism Week is May 7-15 and is celebrated each year by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau and the U.S. Travel Industry Association as a way to show the importance of travel.

“The Visitors Bureau is fortunate to have so many great travel partners working with us every day. We were pleased to invite our partners to stand with us on National Travel & Tourism Day, celebrate tourism and thank our visitors for choosing the Outer Banks,” said Lee Nettles, Managing Director for the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Governor Beverly Perdue has proclaimed May 10th as North Carolina Travel & Tourism Day, in conjunction with National Travel & Tourism Week, a collective effort to promote the power of travel through customized events in communities nationwide.

This year, Surf or Sound Realty participated in the U.S. Travel Rally Day as a way to celebrate tourism on the local level as a salute to the power of travel and its importance to our community on the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island.

Surf or Sound Realty company representative and Marketing Director, Jessica Epping, took the opportunity to greet visitors at the Hatteras Welcome Center, located in the restored U.S. Weather Bureau Station.

“I thoroughly enjoyed meeting our visitors and speaking with them about all of the wonderful historic sights and unique attractions on Hatteras Island and throughout the Outer Banks,” said Jessica. “I met visitors from Indiana, Texas and West Virginia, all in one afternoon and they each shared a mutual excitement about choosing to travel here.”

On your next visit to Hatteras Island, or on your way to catch the ferry for a daytrip on Ocracoke Island or to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village, stop in the Hatteras Welcome Center.

It offers an abundance of area information and you will surely enjoy the historical tour and local significance of the U.S. Weather Bureau Station, restored to its 1901 time period.


04/12/11

Visit The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the Moonlight

Every year the National Park Service offers an amazing chance to experience the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in the moonlight. The NPS will be offering Full Moon Tours of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse the evening of April 17 to the visiting public and local communities.

Two tours will be given, one at 7:30 p.m. and a second at 8:30 p.m., and each tour is limited to 30 people. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will start on Friday, April 15. The lighthouse ticket booth is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. daily. Full Moon Tour tickets are non-refundable.

As there are no lights inside the lighthouse, climbers will navigate the 257 stair staircase using handheld flashlights. During the climb, park rangers will provide stories of the arduous duties of the lighthouse keeper. From the watch room, visitors will be able to view the light up close and in motion and hear of the operation of the beacon, past and present – a truly unique experience. Outside on the lighthouse balcony (weather permitting) climbers will get a glimpse of what the lighthouse keepers of old were able to experience – seeing that beam of light reaching out to sea and the startling reflection of the newly risen moon on the ocean.

Things to know:
1. Full Moon Tour tickets, limited to the first 60 purchasers, must be purchased in person, in advance, at the lighthouse ticket booth. Full Moon Tour ticket sales will begin Friday, April 15. It is anticipated that tickets will sell out early. Standard admissions fees apply – $7 for adults, and $3.50 for children (11 and under) as well as seniors (62 and older). The lighthouse ticket booth, located at the lighthouse site, is open from 8:15 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. daily.

2. Each participant must bring a handheld flashlight with fresh, serviceable batteries.

3. All participants are required to be at least 42 inches tall and must climb the steps on their own – they can not be carried! If unsure, check with the park rangers before purchasing your non-refundable ticket. Also, keep in mind that some youngsters, although meeting height requirements, may not enjoy the dimly lit, sometimes claustrophobic environment.

4. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

5. For safety reasons, all participants must climb and descend with the group. No exceptions.

6. Know your limitations! The lighthouse is tall, dark, often hot, humid, and can be a challenge to climb. There are no internal lights or air conditioning.

7. All routine lighthouse safety requirements, as well as restrictions to eating, drinking, gum etc., apply. This information will be provided to you when you purchase your ticket.

8. Tickets are non-refundable. If the program is cancelled due to weather, the ticket holder may exchange the ticket the following morning, April 18, between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. for a replacement ticket useable only on April 18. This ticket will be for day climbing only.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Moonlight Tours – just one of the many things to experience on Hatteras Island!