05/10/12

Don't Miss The Boat!!!

On Monday, May 14th, starting at 10am, you will have the rare opportunity to witness a very special pre-season beach drill to be performed by the United States Coast Guard! This Beach Apparatus Drill is also known as the Breeches Buoy Reenactment and will presented by The Chicamacomico Live-Saving Station Historic Site and Museum located in Rodanthe at milepost 39.5.

Take a trip back in time to the site of the most-highly awarded maritime rescue in American history!

Click here to experience this daring rescue with the surfmen of the USCG!

The schedule for the day is as follows:
10-11am Instructions for flotillas
11-12pm Beach Apparatus Drill performed
12-2pm Cookout and Social

Admission is free with regular site admission. Adults: $6, Seniors 62+ and Youth 6-17: $4.

Be sure to bring your appetite for a delicious $5 hamburger or hotdog plate, which includes sides and a drink!

Don’t miss the boat, folks! Grab a buoy and hold on tight as you experience this amazing performance!

For more information check out:

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station


03/2/12

Underwater Camera Found From Hatteras Island Vacation

Nine months ago, Zach Wilson was paddleboarding near Rodanthe on Hatteras Island and lost his GoPro camera. As fate would have it, a vacationer found the scratched case during a walk on the beach in Avon just last week. “I had no clue what it was. I just thought it came from a boat or something because of the suction device that was on the waterproof case,” Rick Spink, of Virginia Beach said.

The cover was protecting a damaged camera that held a photo card with nearly 1,000 pictures of a paddle-board rider. Spink sent one of the images to REAL Watersports. The Hatteras Island surf shop put the photo on its Facebook page.

A friend contacted Zach and told him to check REAL Water Sports Facebook page as he was 99 percent sure it was pictures of him on his stand-up paddle board. Zach Wilson identified his photo and contacted Spink. The camera is now in the mail and on its way to Zach in Canada.

You never know what treasure you will find on the beach during a Hatteras Island vacation!


02/28/12

Graveyard 100 Ultra Marathon Set for March 10th

The best endurance runners in the world will be on the Outer Banks March 10th for the Graveyard 100 Ultra Marathon. The Graveyard 100 is two races: 100 miles point-to-point or 100k point-to-point. Yes, you read that correctly: 100 miles.

A portion of all entry fees will be donated to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum to further the preservation, advancement and presentation of the maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks

The 100 mile run extends the length of the Outer Banks and is 102.2 miles point-to-point starting “where the road begins,” and highway 12 starts at the edge of the sand in Corolla. Runners will then travel south the entire length of the paved highway on Bodie Island and the entire length of paved highway on Hatteras Island, viewing much of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore via historic Hwy 12. Runners will end at the “end of the road” on Hatteras Island adjacent to the Ocracoke Island Ferry and directly in front of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

Friends and family waiting for runners to finish will be treated to special guided tours at the museum.

The 100k course starts at aid station 2 at 4pm from Bodie Island Light House, is 63 miles long and has a 19 hour cutoff. 100k runners will take a quick spur north of the lighthouse on Hwy 12 then turn and follow 100 mile runners across the 2.5 mile long Bonner Bridge spanning the Oregon Inlet between Bodie Island and Hatteras Island around sunset. The rest of the course will be identical to the 100 mile runners finishing at the “end of the road” on Hatteras Island adjacent to the Ocracoke Island Ferry and directly in front of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

So far for the 2012 Graveyard 100, runners from 23 states and 3 countries are participating. The runner traveling the greatest distance to run is Al Harman from Vancouver, BC. 87% of registrants are running the 100 mile and 13% are running the 100k. The oldest runner who has signed up to participate is Louis Joline, age 79 from Lake Tapawingo, MO. The youngest runners are Karsten Olsen, from Wilton, CT and Spencer Williams from Hudson, MA, both 20 years old. The average age of the runners is 41.

For more information about the event, visit www.graveyard100.com. If you would like to volunteer, please email brandon@graveyard100.com

We welcome all the runners and their friends and families to Hatteras Island in the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina! Everyone at Surf or Sound Realty wishes the best of luck to all the runners!


12/21/11

Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Expo

The annual Outer Banks Wedding Weekend and Expo will be held January 6-8, 2012. Hosted by the Outer Banks Wedding Association (OBWA), this has become one of the largest annual events in the Outer Banks and Surf or Sound Realty will participate again this year to showcase our wedding event homes on Hatteras Island. From touring event homes and reception sites, to meeting the top wedding professionals in our area, this is a one of a kind experience for brides looking to have a fun, relaxed and affordable destination wedding on the Outer Banks!

This year OBWA welcomes David Tutera of WE TV’s My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. During an exclusive cocktail reception on Saturday, January 7th, David Tutera will mingle with guests, take photos and answer questions with the audience. Don’t miss your chance to meet this Hollywood celebrity!

Tour Hatteras Island Event Homes
Island festivities start Saturday, January 7th. Our Avon office will be an Open House stop on the Wedding Tour with a selection of our premier Hatteras Island event homes featured on the Outer Banks Wedding Tour. Visit us at Bramasole, Hatteras Paradise and others and see how an Event Home can be the perfect setting for a destination wedding. Surf or Sound Realty representatives will be on hand to happily answer any questions about these or any of our premier vacation homes.
The tour is from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Feel free to stop by either our Avon office to request a map and wedding information, or simply look for the “Wedding Tour” signs along Highway 12.

Outer Banks Wedding Expo
On Sunday, January 8th, Surf or Sound Realty will join over 200 wedding vendors at the First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills for the grand Outer Banks Wedding Expo. Doors open at 11:00 a.m., and brides can stroll through the booths to browse and sample all that the Outer Banks Wedding Association members have to offer. Surf or Sound Realty invites all Outer Banks brides to come by our booth, #44, to learn more about our event homes and premier island accommodations, as well as enter for a chance to win a Surf or Sound beach gift basket.

We welcome all Outer Banks brides who are joining us for the 2012 expo, and look forward to making your Hatteras Island wedding a truly special and wonderful event. For the Outer Banks Wedding Expo schedule of events, or to order tickets online, visit the Outer Banks Wedding Association.

For more information about renting an event home for your wedding, family reunion or special celebration, contact the Surf or Sound Realty Event Coordinator today!
800-237-1138 x 122 | rent@surforsound.com


11/29/11

Outer Banks Fall Fishing

Hatteras Island is known for its beautiful beaches that offer an abundance of serenity and relaxation. Hatteras Island is also known for something else – FISHING.

During the off season there is nothing better than grabbing a rod, reel, and cooler full of snacks and heading to the shoreline.

News station WXII in Greensboro-Winston-Salem hit the Outer Banks earlier this month and experienced what the ocean has to offer. Click here to watch the FUN video they created.

If you want to keep up with current fishing conditions and find out what is biting, Frisco Rod & Gun’s Fishing Report is a great source to keep you informed! Click here to read the latest report.

Happy Fishing! We’ll see you on the water!


11/25/11

Hatteras Island's Studio 12 To Be Part Of The National Christmas Tree Display

Hatteras Island’s very own Studio 12 has been chosen to have an ornament they have designed and created displayed on North Carolina’s tree at the 2011 National Christmas Tree Display in President’s Park in Washington, D.C. and for the Christmas tree at the White House Visitor Center. The tree lighting ceremony will take place Dec 1st.

Studio 12 worked with Locomotion to create the limited edition ornament, and a portion of proceeds from the sale will be donated to Locomotion. Locomotion is an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of Hatteras Island youth by providing programs for students in grades 6-12. For information on the organization, contact director Kathy Kiddy at klocomotion@embarqmail.com.

Studio 12 is located on Highway 12 in Avon and is owned by artists Carolyn and Gary Schena. The studio is a wonderful place that offers a unique experience to paint pottery and create mosaics and glass fusions. To purchase the limited edition ornament, click here. For more information on classes or anything else Studio 12 has to offer, contact Carolyn Schena at carolyn@studio12hatteras.com or call 252-995-7899.


11/9/11

Hatteras Island Girl Scouts Team Up With Surf or Sound Realty to Give Back to the Island

Surf or Sound Realty was a drop-off location for Daisy Troop 4175 in their community project to collect items for our local Hatteras Island Food Pantry. Surf or Sound was one of five locations they chose on the island to be collection spots. It is part of their “Daisy Journeys” project and this was for a community service badge. Once the girls pick up all the donated items, they are going to take it to the food pantry together and get a lesson on how the food pantry works and making the world a better place.

Three members of Girl Scout Troop 4175 collect donations at Surf or Sound Realty's Avon office.

Three members of Girl Scout Troop 4175 collect donations at Surf or Sound Realty's Avon office.


11/2/11

Cape Hatteras Welcomes Anglers for the 54th Annual Cape Hatteras Anglerís Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament

The best surf fishing teams on the East Coast are heading into the breakers on Hatteras Island the morning of November 3rd to kick start the 54th Annual Cape Hatteras Angler’s Club Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament.

With 120 teams, this is the premier surf fishing tournament in the United States, and Surf or Sound Realty is proud to be a sponsor!

Action continues around Buxton through Friday afternoon. The individual angler Bob Bernard Individual Surf Fishing Tournament is happening Saturday.

Anglers compete for points based on catches of various species that meet minimum points requirements. Fish bigger than the minimums earn extra points.

For a schedule of events, click here. From your friends at Surf or Sound Realty – best of luck to all of the anglers participating in the event!


10/27/11

Hatteras Island Donations accepted at Surf or Sound Realty

Hatteras Island is a strong community, but is still hurting in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. Many Hatteras Island Food Pantry (run by the Buxton United Methodist Men) supplies that normally sustain the island through the winter have been depleted, going to families that lost everything from the storm.

We are grateful to have many guests and friends from all over that have expressed interest in helping out our community. Surf or Sound Realty’s Avon office is an official drop-off location for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry, as well as Irene’s Giving Tree.

When you walk into our office you will find three boxes. Two boxes are for collections for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry. One is for the Buxton United Methodist Men and the other is for Daisy Troop 4175 from Cape Hatteras Elementary School, also collecting for the Pantry.

Items accepted include: non-perishable food, pet food, toiletries, personal items and cleaning supplies. When making a non-perishable food donation, perhaps try to think in terms of a complete meal – such as a box of spaghetti, a jar of sauce, parmesan cheese, a can of vegetables and a can of fruit. All can be purchased at a dollar store totaling around $5.

Also, if you are vacationing and you have left-over non-perishable food, please do not throw it away. Bring it to our office and place it in our drop-off box. Your donations go a long way through the winter!

Monetary donations are also accepted for the HIFP and can be made by check to United Methodist Men and sent to Hatteras Island Food Pantry at P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, N.C. 27920. Your donation is tax deductible.

The third box in our Avon office is for Irene’s Giving Tree. A couple of students at Cape Hatteras Secondary School with huge hearts decided to start a community service project for families affected by Hurricane Irene. They are collecting Christmas decorations for families that lost theirs in the storm. Ornaments, tree skirts, lights, Christmas Trees, etc. can be placed in our drop-off box in our Avon office. If you would like to mail a donation, the shipping address is: Irene’s Giving Tree, 47468 Hwy 12, Buxton, NC 27920. Monetary donations can be made out to CHSS DECA and mailed to: Irene’s Giving Tree, PO Box 71, Buxton NC 27920.

The Really Really Free Market is also in need and still accepting donations for items. The following is the most recent list of needed/requested items for Hatteras Island residents:

Dish detergent and Laundry Detergent
Diapers and wipes, baby powder
Throw Rugs, Area Rugs (Carpet Remnants)
Non perishable food items, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner fixings and any kind of non-perishable (canned or dried) proteins, and children’s snacks
(Gently Used) furniture, especially beds – refrigerators, stoves **Any homeowners, especially part time property owners, who may be trading out furniture or appliances, please let us know so we can arrange for someone who needs them to use your “tradeouts”
3T Boys Clothing – jackets/sweatshirts, pants, socks
Cat Food/Kitty Littler
Plastic totes with lids
Halloween Candy and small toys for Trick Or Treat / Halloween Costumes
New pillows
Sweatshirts (especially ‘hoodies’)
Christmas Ornaments and Christmas Lights
Boys clothing, size 6 to 18
Basketball shorts, basketball shoes (kids 5-17 years old)
Tools (many tri-village and Avon residents used their tools to make a living, and lost them in the storm)
Bookcases or display racks (for Really Free Market to borrow and return)

SHIPPING ADDRESS FOR DONATIONS OF ‘ITEMS’ for the Really Really Free Market
Hatteras Island Family Medicine
Attn: Alex Hodges
50204 Water Association Road
Frisco, NC 27936

Surf or Sound Realty sends a huge THANK YOU to everyone for their care! Hatteras Island is a loved place and we are lucky to share it with you!


10/13/11

Anglers Are Heading to Hatteras Island to Participate in the 26th Annual Capital City Four Wheelers Surf Fishing Tournament

Surf or Sound Realty is a proud sponsor of the 26th Annual Capital City Four Wheelers Surf Fishing Tournament. The event is taking place in Cape Hatteras October 15th and 16th.

Capital City Four Wheelers, or CCFW, is a family-oriented four wheel drive club in the Richmond, Virginia area that formed in 1983. They hold a number of activities each year. One of their main events is their Surf Fishing Tournament, which they hold in Cape Hatteras, NC during October. It is a fund-raiser event that lets them give back to the community.

Anglers will compete for prize monies in the following categories: Red Drum, Blue Fish, Trout, Flounder, Sea Mullet, Croaker and Spot. Anglers may only win in one category. A prize will also be awarded to the child (12 and under) who catches and weighs in with a CCFW official, the largest fish by weight.

A trash pickup contest will also be held. Every year CCFW asks fishermen and their families to help keep the beaches clean and free from man-made waste. CCFW sponsors a contest where you can win a prize by gathering beach trash in a garbage bag and bringing it to the Trash Station at Ramp 44 or Ramp 34 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 15. Turn in trash, get a ticket! The winning ticket will be drawn at the weigh-in on Sunday, October 16.

Besides the Trash Pickup Contest, there will be a raffle for a custom rod and reel combo to benefit a local Hatteras Island charity. Tickets will be sold during the morning meetings Saturday and Sunday, with the winner to be drawn during the Sunday meeting.

Participants will meet at the Fessenden Center in Buxton at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. There will be a total of 600 participants. CCFW will allow late registration on a first come, first served basis in the Fessenden Center for anyone wishing to enter the tournament. For more information log onto http://capitalcityfourwheelersrva.com or email Tournamnet@capitalcityfourwheelersrva.com.

Good luck from your Hatteras Island friends at Surf or Sound Realty!

**All photos are via davidaherron.com from the 2010 tournament.