Vacationers will notice a handful of sailboats at every local Outer Banks port, either saddled up to the docks or breezing across the harbor, en route to the nearest sound for a cruise, or to the continent-spanning Intracoastal Waterway to continue a long coastal voyage. Some vacationers are even in it for the long haul, docking for a summer or a winter season at a number of local marinas that offer all the comforts of home. Clearly, sailing lovers of all varieties have plenty of options, but even newcomers to the sport can experiment with life on the water with a local sailing lesson, rental, or waterfront cruise.
Surfing on the Outer Banks is a like no other experience, and if you don’t know how to surf, here’s a great place to learn. The instructors at this surf school are all experienced, expert surfers. Lessons, which average two hours, can be at private or groups rates, based on whether you want to learn with just your friends and family at a beach of your choice, or if you don’t mind learning with a group of strangers at a location chosen by the surf school. Instructors teach students safety and etiquette rules, and show them to how to assess the waves from the beach. Then once they’re out paddling ---- an art in itself --- then they’re shown how to navigate around the breakers and finally, how to catch the wave. Even if would-be surfers never manage to stand up on the board, just bobbing in the waves and sharing the ocean with dolphins and pelicans makes anyone appreciate the fun of surfing on the Outer Banks. And next trip, you might have more luck. Naturally, the lessons are weather-dependent. All equipment is provided. Farmdog is open 8 to 5 in the winter and 7 to 7 in summer. They have a convenience store at their shop and a full service espresso bar, fresh juice and smoothie bar using organically grown fruits and veggies.