09/16/08

Meet the Surf or Sound Realty Family

Say Cheese… and BBQ!
On Monday, September 15th, the entire Surf or Sound Realty staff gathered together at the newly renovated Salvo office for the annual group photo. While it can be a challenge to get so many people organized and smiling on cue, the photo went off without a hitch with almost three dozen smiling Surf or Sound faces.
After the photo shoot, the staff celebrated the wrap-up of another successful summer season with a barbecue and pot luck buffet on the Salvo office porch. This gave everyone a chance to relax, regroup, and get ready to welcome all the fall visitors, while swapping stories of a busy Hatteras Island summer.
The food and drinks hit the spot, and most everyone agreed that taking a group picture wasn’t a bad way to spend an evening at all, especially if there was barbecue involved!


09/9/08

Hatteras Island enjoys being the “Best”

A USA Today travel feature has listed the Cape Hatteras National Seashore as one of the 10 Great National Parks That Will Engage Your Kids . Author Trefoni Rizzi of Teddy’s Travels: America’s National Parks said; “This park is filled with history of pirates, shipwrecks and lighthouses. ..Kids will love the ferry ride from Hatteras Island to Ocracoke, and best of all, it’s free.” Continue reading


09/8/08

Surf or Sound Realty recognizes new Outer Banks Association of Realtors inductees

Surf or Sound Realty congratulates six staff members who were inducted into the Outer Banks Association of Realtors (OBAR) on the August 27th OBAR meeting in Avon, NC.

These Surf of Sound Realty inductees include (from left to right in photo) David Croyle, Salvo Office Manager, Ann Wood, Marketing Director, Lisa Latham, Administrative Assistant, Marcia Laricos, Reservations Sales Team member, Vicki Langhel, Avon Office Guest Services Manager, and Dana Wells, Salvo Assistant Office Manager, (who is not pictured.)

Surf or Sound Realty is proud of all of our team members’ hard work and persistence in obtaining their NC Real Estate Broker’s License and subsequent induction onto OBAR. We look forward to their continued excellence in both the company, and the local real estate and property management community.


09/5/08

Jim Cantore & The Weather Channel Stay with Surf or Sound Realty to wait for Tropical Storm Hanna

On Thursday afternoon, Jim Cantore along with his Weather Channel posse (camera crew and producers) came to Hatteras Island on The Outer Banks to report on Tropical Storm Hanna.
The crew stayed overnight at the lavish Hatteras Dream, a premier vacation rental home managed by Surf or Sound Realty, located in Hatteras across from the ferry docks. They set up their cameras on the beach in front of the house and reported from that location multiple times. Before checking into the home though, Jim Cantore graciously posed for a picture with some of the staff of Surf or Sound Realty at their office in Avon. Continue reading


09/4/08

Red Drum Tournament

On October 23 – 25, Frank and Fran’s Fisherman’s Friend tackle shop in Avon will host the 9th annual Red Drum Tournament. This is a three day invitational tournament with 300 anglers competing to catch and release the largest and most red drum as they make their annual migrating run past Hatteras Island on The Outer Banks of North Carolina. The tournament begins with appetizers and a meet and greet with the judges, and will culminate with the annual banquet and distribution of prizes.

Prizes total over $12,000 for multiple winners and categories. For more information on the upcoming tournament, visit Frank and Fran’s website, www.hatteras-island.com, or call (252) 995-4171. Continue reading


09/1/08

Restaurant Review: Pop's Raw Bar & Grill

So where do you go in the middle of January, after a windy afternoon on the beach, wearing an old flannel shirt, a pair of Wanchese bedroom slippers, and a severe case of Hatteras hair?

The answer is Pop’s, of course. You’ll fit right in.

Not for the fancy set, Pop’s Raw Bar and Grill has garnered a devout local following by being a no frills, just fun restaurant in the heart of Buxton on The Outer Banks of North Carolina. People flock to Pop’s because they want a good burger Continue reading


08/28/08

New Independent Theater in Avon

Labor Day weekend marks the tentative grand opening of the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island’s first small Independent Movie Theater, adjacent to the Big Wave Dave’s convenience store and Village Grocery in Avon.

David Dixon, a local resident, film aficionado, and owner of Big Wave Dave’s, established the theater with a large projection screen and 40 comfy theater seats.

The theater will be able to serve beer and wine and will showcase primarily independent films — movies that aren’t generally available to an everyday audience, let alone an audience on Hatteras Island. Continue reading


08/27/08

Blue Marlin Blitz – Charter Fishing in the Gulf Stream

During the 25th Annual Pirate’s Cove Billfish Tournament, on The Outer Banks of North Carolina, held August 11 – 15, 2008, a North Carolina state record was broken when Florida resident Trey Irvine landed the largest blue marlin in the state’s history, weighing in at a whopping 1,228.50 pounds. This smashes the previous record weight of a 1,142-pounder caught in 1974.

While the record catch received the bulk of the attention, the majority of anglers did well during the tournament, landing a total of 23 blue marlin, 59 white marlin, 20 sailfish and one spearfish.
The recent tournament, and its’ blue marlin star, brings to national attention a fact that frequent visitors and locals already knew: Hatteras Island is Marlin Country. Continue reading


08/27/08

Geography Gone Wild

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Geography gone wild: An overview of what makes Hatteras Island unique

North Carolina’s coast is home to a string of barrier islands composing the Outer Banks, with Hatteras Island smack in the center of this chain of long, sandy islands.

Barrier islands are not particularly unusual. Study a map of the East Coast, and you’ll find them everywhere from Maine to Florida, but locals and frequent visitors know that Hatteras Island is special, and the root of its unique character can be traced to its geography. Surrounded by water, Hatteras Island is literally 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean, and this makes for a pretty wild place to vacation. Continue reading