Ocracoke North Carolina Kiteboarding

Ocracoke North Carolina Kiteboarding –

Seeing how the forecast was not looking too good in the Emerald Isle, NC area, Sarah and I decided to hop on the Cedar Island Ferry to venture to Ocracoke Island. The wind forecast was looking good further north. Being constantly driven by the wind, we drove to the wind. As it turns out, we made the right call. We scored two days of kiting where we otherwise would have been looking for activities to replace the activity we would have rather been doing. Read that last sentence twice if you need to!

The ferry ride across the Pamlico Sound takes about 2 hours. As you venture across the sound, you are left without your usual technological communication. This forces you to get out and take in the beauty of the Pamlico Sound, which is exactly what we did. We were meeting some friends that were coming across the sound on the Swan Quarter Ferry. Their ferry left the same time as the Cedar Island Ferry did. It felt like we were in a race across the sound. As we neared the island we could see the Swan Quarter Ferry and much to our delight, it was behind us. We had won the unannounced race and no one but ourselves would ever know. No matter what, we were going to be a success that weekend.

While at lunch with our friends, we had extensive deliberation on where to ride. We set out on our quest to harness the wind by first dropping my van on the southern end of the island in the hopes of doing a down-winder. We then jumped into Derek’s truck to head up-wind about 10 miles. As we moved toward our rigging destination, we noticed the wind was picking up. This immediately gets your senses on high alert. We were talking excitedly about the upcoming adventure; I personally had not been kiting in Ocracoke. I had explored the island on a golf cart, but it’s a completely different experience to explore from the water. It seems a bit more personal and intimate.

The wind continued to increase as we rigged our kites; by the time we were ready to go, the wind had increased to the point of needing to change to smaller kites. We grabbed the smaller kites and set them up. One at a time, we got the kites in the air and set out on our down-wind adventure. Once we got away from the island and into the sound, you could look around and take it all in. The sun was starting to move further into the West, which made it cast long shadows behind us. The water was shallow for about ½ mile offshore. As we rode along and looked into the shallow water below, we could sometimes see rays moving below, or fish scattering about. It is a magical thing to experience.

We continued to follow the coastline of the island. We moved off shore enough to where the water started to get a bit deeper. A long sandbar stretches nearly the entire distance of the island of Ocracoke. It divides the deep water from the shallow water. This abrupt difference made for a nice section of small rollers. They were quite small, but had a beautiful shape. We spent some time playing in the waves as we continued on our journey. As we drew nearer to our final destination, the sun had started to set in the western sky. There were puffy clouds that dotted the sky around, which made a nice reflective canvas for the majestic sunset we witnessed. The colors around us started to change as we moved in and landed our kites. We packed up just before it got dark. What a privilege it was to be able to share in an experience like that.

We loaded my van and drove away full of the memories of what had just happened. We got to know the island of Ocracoke on an intimate level. We saw the miles of uninhabited and rarely viewed coastline. We saw and experienced this and we were the only ones out there. We had miles of water and coastline and it was all to ourselves. We will take this experience and it will enrich and enhance our lives for many days to come. You can reflect back and visually see the sights and smell the smells. If you are looking to get connected to something greater, something that will bring you closer to your surroundings, then you have found the avenue. That avenue is called kiteboarding. I am pleased to be a part of it, to be in a position to reach out to people and show them how they too can experience what I just described. Email us at info@blownkiteboarding.com for more information on how to get into this amazing sport. We look forward to hearing from you.

Michael Schrems
Owner of Blown Kiteboarding


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