Mar 15, 2013
Author: Pete Hardie
Throughout the spring we will be keeping you updated on all things Cape Hatteras so that you can get the info you need for your next trip to the Island. Our goal is to include details about riding spots, access, what’s open and more so that you can spend less time researching your trip and more time preparing your gear for amazing downwinders. If there is info you would like to know – please post a comment so that we can include that info in the next update.
I read on the news that there were some bad storms over the winter - is Cape Hatteras open?
Hatteras Island has had some rough weather lately. Superstorm Sandy in late October plus multiple solid winter storms have changed the shape of the island a little bit – especially in Mirlo Beach on the north end of Rodanthe.
Fortunately for all of us, (and thanks to some very hard work from the North Carolina Department of Transport) Highway 12 has remained open as usual. This means you won’t have any issue coming to or from the island this spring. No ferries, no queues, just Hatteras Island as you know it.
How has Hatteras Island changed?
In some areas, the sand dunes on the Oceanside have been eroded and changed shape a little. The good news is there has been no major damage except to a couple of Oceanside houses at the northern end of Rodanthe (Mirlo Beach). Almost every other piece of property on the island is exactly as you remember it and driving around town – you cannot see any signs of damage whatsoever (except in Mirlo Beach).
Any changes to the soundside?
Nope. All of the houses, riding spots and slicks are good as new. We’ve been sessioning as usual all over the island for the last few months! In addition, lots of the vacation rental companies (including Watermen’s Retreat) have got some amazing deals on soundside houses for your dream kite trip.
Is the little bridge over New Inlet on Pea Island ok?
Absolutely – the bridge is also good as new and the storms have actually almost closed up the inlet there. As you can imagine, there have been upsides to all the wild weather we have had: we’ve had an amazing winter for kiteboarding – including some amazing sessions kitesurfing at the lighthouse.
Travel to the island is easy and safe. If you do have any questions about spring travel details – REAL, Watermen’s Retreat and any of the Hatteras Island realty companies are all here to help.
In the next article we’ll be filling you in on our favorite spring riding spots so that you can make the most of every session on your kite trip to Hatteras. See you soon.
2013 Spring Cape Hatteras updates provided by REAL Kiteboarding
REAL Co Founder Matt Nuzzo - Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. photo by Lane Dupont
Mirlo Beach Photos: credit to Daniel Pullen http://www.danielpullenphotography.com