12/9/14

Shop Real Watersports Online – Fashion & Gear for Cool Kids of All Ages

Internationally known as one of the best kiteboarding and surfing retailers, lesson centers and destinations in the world REAL Watersports is proud to call Hatteras Island home. Their team of experts is down to earth and eager to help you find just what you’re looking for, whether that’s the perfect Stand Up Paddleboard or the coolest new pair of shades. Here are some of their favorite gift ideas this holiday season, each with an offer ranging from free shipping to $100 OFF!

Real Watersports

1 – Catch Surf “Beater” Boards30% OFF – The Grom Favorite, this soft style, slick-bottom board is being ridden by stoked kids everywhere. From first rides to 360-spinners and shove-its, the Catch Surf Beater Board is endless fun.

2 – Strive “Skip Jack” Fish Surfboard – $395 ($100 OFF) – The Strive Skip-Jack Fish is the perfect easy paddling, user friendly design for a wide range of waves. The board offers classic soulful lines and flow, with modern maneuverability.

3 – Rip Curl Search GPS Surf Watch FREE SHIPPING – The Search GPS is the worlds first GPS Surf Watch. Auto-sync tides to your location, track your session and share it with friends. GPS Tracking along with wave count, top speed and more. This watch is SOLD OUT many places – order yours from REAL today!

4 – GoPro HERO4 Black and HERO4 Silver – FREE SHIPPING – The new HERO4 cameras from GoPro are the perfect gift for any sport enthusiast. Countless surfers, snowboarders, fishermen, kayakers, hunters and more are using the HERO4 cameras to capture the action and share it with the world. The Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro ever with exceptional image quality and high frame rates. The Silver Edition is the first GoPro to feature a built-in LCD screen for reviewing your pictures and videos.

5 – Billabong Purses & Bags – 20-50% OFFFrom the beach to the city, the latest bags and purses from Billabong are the perfect gift for ladies who love surf-inspired style.

6 – Stance Socks – 20-60% OFF – These funky-fun socks from Stance are the perfect stocking-stuffer! The rest of your outfit is awesome, why shouldn’t your socks be too?


12/8/14

Shop Hatteras with Buxton Village Books!

Shop Hatteras Offer: 10% OFF and FREE shipping until December 19 when you mention Shop Hatteras! Just browse the website at: www.buxtonvillagebooks.com – make your selections and call 252-995-4240 to place your order with the discount. Shopping locally? Get 10% off through Christmas Eve when you mention this offer!

So many vacationers have a special place in their hearts for Buxton Village Books. After all, what better time is there for reading than your beach vacation? Channel the island charm of your favorite independent bookseller and browse shop owner Gee Gee Rosell’s hand-picked selections online. Indie booksellers specialize in choosing the best books for every season. Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Hatteras where we’re All Small! Here are a few she just loves, perfect for gift-giving or for yourself this Holiday season.

Buxton Village Books

The Southern Living Community Cookbook – Celebrating Food & Fellowshop in the American South by Sheri Castle

Southern food and food stories are bound together. This book will reflect people, regardless of where they come form, who claim Southern food as their own, whether for a lifetime or a mealtime. People feel deep affection for their local community cookbooks, especially those well-worn volumes that serve as a timestamp of a particular place and time. No other type of recipe collection is more generous, gracious, and welcoming. Before we give you a bite, we Southern cooks have to tell you about what we’ve made. Southern food is evocative, so our food and food stories are bound together in our communities. A memorable Southern cookbook holds good food and a good read, the equivalent of a brimming recipe box plus the scribbled notes and whispered secrets that cover the tips, advice, and stories that a generous cook shares with family members, friends, and neighbors. These recipes bring all sorts of cooks, recipes, and stories to a common table to bring readers a cookbook filled with good things to eat that have something to say.

 

Good Dog True Stories of Love, Loss and Loyalty – A collection of stories from David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun

Garden & Gun magazine’s aptly named Good Dog column is one of the publication’s most popular features. Now editor in chief David DiBenedetto and the editors of Garden & Gun have gathered their favorite essays as well as original pieces for this must-read collection of dog ownership, companionship, and kinship.
By turns humorous, inspirational, and poignant, Good Dog offers beautifully crafted stories from such notable writers as P. J. O’Rourke, Jon Meacham, and Roy Blount, Jr. From the troublemakers who can’t be fenced in to the lifelong companions who never leave our sides, this one-of-a-kind anthology showcases man’s best friend through all of his mostendearing (and maddening) attributes.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Sea GlassFinding, Collecting, Identifying and Using the Ocean’s Most Beautiful Stones by Mary Beth Bueke

As the owner of one of the world’s most elaborate sea glass collections, Mary Beth Beuke gets to talk about these prized ocean gems on a daily basis. Unfortunately, with each passing day, sea glass becomes more and more difficult to find, making the hunt more of a challenge to the seeker–especially one with limited experience in sea glass hunting.
There are several reasons why the hunt is so important to the sea glass seeker. Some find their Zen moments in the solitude and beauty of the hunt. Some collect to add color to their life. The history, mystery, and discovery of sea glass are also strong forces that draw collectors to shorelines around the world, looking for these pieces of physically and chemically weathered frosted glass.
Whatever your reason for wanting to learn about and start your own collection of sea glass, the window for doing so is closing as pieces are becoming more elusive due to a growth in sea glass popularity and a decrease in recent glass bottle production.
In “The Ultimate Guide to Sea Glass,” Beuke provides information that will help first-time seekers start new collections and veteran hunters learn more about their current sets. Beuke shares her experiences in gathering her own collection via photographs of vibrant and rare pieces, as well.

 

 


12/5/14

Shop Hatteras Online! Exclusive deals on Special Gifts from Hatteras Island

Shop Hatteras

We are excited to announce a week of Hatteras Island Holiday Deals – Shop Hatteras! Starting Monday we will reveal a featured shop each day with unique gift ideas and special discounts available in store and online just for Surf or Sound friends. You may not be on island time again for a few more months but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some Holiday shopping at your favorite Hatteras Island businesses! Pick up a few things you won’t find anywhere else and get everyone excited about your next beach vacation.

From handmade pottery to kites for kids of all ages to books perfect for curling up to read by the fire this winter, get ready to Shop Hatteras and give the gift of Hatteras Island this Holiday season! Check out our Shop Hatteras Pinterest board to quickly see all the deals in one place!

Monday, December 8 – Shop Hatteras with Buxton Village Books!
10% OFF and FREE shipping
until December 19 when you mention Shop Hatteras! Just browse the website at: www.buxtonvillagebooks.com – make your selections and call 252-995-4240 to place your order with the discount. Shopping locally? Get 10% off through Christmas Eve when you mention this offer!

Tuesday, December 9 – Shop Hatteras with REAL Watersports Check out some gift ideas and great deals from the experts at REAL watesports, with offers ranging from free shipping to $100 OFF!

Wednesday, December 10 – Give the Gift of Flight with a Kitty Hawk Kite. Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly for 40 years. Shop in their online store and get $5 off any order of $30 or more with the code SURFORSOUND

 

Thursday, December 11 – Shop Kinnakeet ClayBeautiful, affordable works of art hand-crafted by local and regional artists. Shop their online catalog and get FREE SHIPPING through December 19 when you mention Shop Hatteras!

 

 


11/4/14

57th Annual Cape Hatteras Surf Fishing Tournament

Surf Fishing
It’s time again for the 57th Annual world-famous, Cape Hatteras Invitational Surf Fishing Tournament. 120 teams of 6 people will participate for a chance to become one of the top three winners – who will receive prizes, gift certificates and trophies. The tournament begins Wednesday with an Open House for all the tournament participants and their guests. After morning and afternoon fishing sessions on Thursday, the clubhouse opens to the public for pizza, beer and a tackle show where manufacturers’ representatives will be on hand to show their newest rods, reels and accessories as well as other booths. Then Friday there will be two more fishing sessions followed by Brag Night for all participants and guests where Team Trophies and Raffle Prizes will be awarded.

Saturday is the Bob Bernard Individual Tournament, a fun tournament that’s free for youth (through age 12) and Junior Anglers (13-16 ) and just $10 for adults to enter.

Those who would like to participate but don’t want to compete are welcome to volunteer to judge the competition. In past years, nearly 75 people from on and off Island have participated by judging. Click here for more information on the event website.

Fall is a beautiful time on Hatteras Island where you’ll find some of the best fishing on the East Coast. If you’re not around for the tournament, there’s still time to come on down and get your lines wet – we have incredible fall and winter rates on vacation homes – from $375 per week!


10/27/14

A Rare Glimpse into History – Sunken WWII Ships Found off the Coast of Cape Hatteras

Providing new insight into a relatively little-known chapter in American history, a team of researchers led by NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has just discovered two significant vessels from World War II’s Battle of the Atlantic, 30 miles off the Cape Hatteras coast.

The attacked WWII merchant ship Bluefields and the German U-boat that attacked it only to be assailed by aircraft and escorts protecting the merchant ships were both found resting less than 240 yards apart on the ocean floor. It’s a rare window into a historic battle story and the underwater landscape of the battles of World War II.

These most recent findings are part of an ongoing Battle of the Atlantic, underwater archaeological field expedition on the remains of vessels from the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. German, American British naval and merchant vessels lost in the Atlantic have been visited and studied by archaeologists, marine biologists and researchers. The UNC Coastal Studies Institute here on the Outer Banks, as well as NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, East Carolina University, Minerals Management Service, the National Park Service and the State of North Carolina have all collaborated on this mission that has been ongoing and making interesting discoveries since 2008.

To find out more about Maritime History be sure to check out the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum on your next trip to Hatteras Island.

For more information on this exciting discovery, view the complete article on NOAA’s website here: http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141021_ww11_vessels.html


10/17/14

Surf or Sound Begins Collecting Holiday Donations for Local Food Pantries

Thanksgiving

We’re nearing the time of year when we begin to think especially of nourishing food and giving thanks. We are always grateful for our generous guests, who, throughout the year, donate a TON of unopened non-perishable food to our lobby donation box for our local food pantries. It’s not just one or two cans a week, nearly a third of our guests donate items ranging from canned goods to bags full of items and supplies.

The island’s food pantries continue to need our support during the colder months, and as we have done in years past, our Salvo and Avon offices will serve as a drop off for Hatteras Island’s Holiday Food Drive. Donations from staff, neighbors and island friends will all make a difference in feeding those in our community who might otherwise go hungry during the slower winter months. Donations made to our Salvo office on the corner of Highway 12 and Rampart Street will go to Lifeboat Community Church Food Bank and those made to our Avon office across from the Avon Fishing Pier will go to Hatteras Island Food Pantry.

Thank you for not only visiting our island, but taking time to be a part of the community by helping to sustain those who live here.

Monetary donations for the Hatteras Island Food Pantry can be made payable by check to United Methodist Men and mailed to Hatteras Island Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1591, Buxton, NC 27920. Monetary donations for Lifeboat Community Church can be dropped off at 27563 Highway 12 in Salvo, or by mailing checks to Lifeboat Community Church, P.O. Box 84, Salvo, NC 27972.


10/3/14

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Full Moon Climb October 8

Full Moon Lighthouse

Climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse under a full moon! On Wednesday, October 8 join a limited number of guests on the lighthouse grounds as you hear tales of the keepers of old, climb the storied stairs, get close up looks of the working light in the lantern room and share the spectacular views.

Two tours will be given on Wednesday, October 8- one at 7:00 and one at 8:00. Ticket sales will start on Monday, October 6 at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse from 8:15 a.m. to 4:40 p.m and tickets must be purchased on site.

Tickets are $8 per adult, and $4 for children (11 and under) and seniors (62 and older). Children are welcome on the climb and must be over 42 inches tall and able to climb the 257 steps on their own.


09/15/14

Fishing Tournaments Return to the Avon Pier

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The Avon Fishing Pier announces its first annual PBR Classic Red and Blue Fishing Tournament for November 7-9. In what pier manager Keith Matthews is calling “a sign of more good things to come”, the tournament will focus on Red Drum and Blue fish and cash prizes will be awarded for the top three winners in each category. Proceeds will go to the “T” fund to finish the T at the end of the pier.

Tournaments were a celebrated event at the pier in years past, but this year’s tournament is the first in five years and made possible by Koru Village’s purchase of the pier this February. The new pier property has a snack bar, tackle and bait shop and offers walk-on sightseeing for just $1.

For more information on the tournament and entry fees and to fill out an entry form, visit the Avon Fishing Pier website: AvonFishingPier.com.


09/4/14

New Beach Access Opening Next Week

Just in time for fall fishing season – more beach access!

The National Park Service has just announced the opening date for a newly constructed Off Road Vehicle Ramp between Salvo and Avon. With Cape Point re-opening for ORV access last week, this is more great news for fall fishing enthusiasts.

With a permit available from the National Park Service, vehicles will be able to access the beach through Ramp 25, which will open on September 11. This ramp will eventually include a paved parking area to provide additional pedestrian access, as well as improved access for visitors with disabilities.

Ramp 25 is the first of several such beach access projects planned for the Seashore’s future. With revenue from the Off Road Vehicle Permits, the Park Service has the opportunity to complete this and other projects to promote visitor access along the Seashore and provide a variety of use experiences.

Ramp 25 Aerial


08/13/14

Behind the Scenes: Capturing a day on Hatteras Island

Photographer Ryan Moser Captures the Hatteras Island Sunrise

Photographer Ryan Moser Captures the Hatteras Island Sunrise

When given the opportunity to fill two beautiful full-color pages of Outer Banks This Week’s summer magazine – we knew right away what to do – feature our charming island to give people a glimpse into a day in the life of a Hatteras Island vacation.

But how could we possibly show the depth of character of the island and include all that there is to do on a vacation here in just a day? All we could do was try – and so we ventured out one beautiful June morning to do our best to capture one real life Hatteras Island vacation day from dawn until dusk. Click here to take a look at the magazine spread! (page 12-13)

If you’ve been here, you might guess that we came back with more footage than we could ever fit in the space – and we barely scratched the surface as far as all you can do here!

Hatteras Island’s villages are full of real people and authentic places each with a unique and incredible story. Talk with someone long enough you’ll find that each story gives way to a dozen more. That’s the beauty of it – you can come down every year for 50 years and discover something new each time.

Take a look at some of the images we couldn’t fit between the pages, below:

Miles of pristine seashore make the perfect place for a morning stroll.

Miles of pristine seashore make the perfect place for a morning stroll.

You can always find a steady stream of locals and visitors walking, biking or driving to the Orange Blossom for coffee and breakfast every morning in Buxton.

You’ll always find a steady stream of locals and visitors walking, biking or driving to the Orange Blossom for coffee and breakfast every morning in Buxton.

Even a deer made an appearance on the new paved pathway along the road.

This deer made an appearance on the new 4 mile pedestrian pathway in Avon.

A must-stop on any visit, Buxton Books was featured in this same issue.

A must-stop on any visit, Buxton Books was featured in this same issue.

Ray from Michigan was enjoying the morning watching the waves while he fished.

Ray from Michigan was enjoying the morning watching the waves while he fished.

Hatteras Island has some of the very best surf on the East Coast.

Hatteras Island has some of the very best surf on the East Coast.

Some of our beaches are even accessible with a 4wd vehicle!

With a beach driving permit from the Park Service, you can discover your own “secret spot”

Our photographer wasn't afraid to get wet to get the right shot!

Our photographer wasn’t afraid to get wet to capture the action.

Splash! Ellisa from Koru Village leads the group Stand Up Paddleboarding.

Splash! Ellisa from Koru Village makes Stand up Paddleboarding fun.

Stopped for an incredible lunch at the new Pangea Tavern in Avon.

We stopped into the new Pangea Tavern in Avon for an incredible lunch.

We caught Beth watering the flowers on the gracious front porch of Kinnakeet Clayworks in Avon.

Then caught Beth watering the flowers on the gracious front porch of Kinnakeet Clay Works in Avon.

The Avon Pier - fishing fun for the whole family.

The Avon Pier – a great place to fish or just sight see.

Sandcastles and Snacks - highlights for the little ones.

Sandcastles and snacks – this family loves both at the beach.

No visit is complete without a trip to "America's Lighthouse"

No visit is complete without a trip to “America’s Lighthouse”

We are grateful the Zeman family welcomed us in to their beach house to capture their vacation.

The Zeman family welcomed us in to their beach house to share their evening.

No matter that he is from Colorado, Drew quickly became a crab cracking expert!

No matter that he is from Colorado, Drew quickly became a crab cracking expert!

Abby was a little skeptical of all the seafood but she thought the hushpuppies and corn were great!

Abby was a little skeptical of all the seafood but she thought the hushpuppies and corn were just right.

Just a little after dinner square dancing on the oceanfront deck.

Time for a little after dinner dancing on the oceanfront deck

And just like that, the sun was setting on our beautiful Hatteras Island day.

And just like that, the sun was setting on our beautiful Hatteras Island day.

Don’t worry, it doesn’t end here! There’s all this and so very much more waiting here for your next vacation. Do you love Hatteras Island as much as we do? Click the link at the bottom of our homepage to easily join our e-club for Hatteras Island updates, news, events and vacation rental specials.