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Jockey's Ridge

Windsurfing and Kiteboarding in Nags Head

General Information

About five year ago we moved our spring and fall windsurfing trips to Nags Head from the area around Waves & Rodanthe. Here are the reasons:

  • Waist-deep instead of knee-deep water on the sound side. This is important. When we had houses in the area around Waves, Salvo & Rodanthe, we always complained when a nor'easter blew out the water. Then we had to carry our gear a couple hundred yards to reach water. The Sound in that area is gradually getting shallower near shore as the island migrates inland. In Nags Head, where we now sail, the water is deep enough to launch with offshore wind at low tide.
  • You rarely need a weed fin sailing from Nags Head, further south & north a weed fin is always needed.
  • It's closer to Atlanta and grocery stores are nearby.
  • There are fewer mosquitos due to less standing water.
  • Storms wash over Rt. 12 causing road closure. A few years ago we were trapped in Rodanthe by high water and had to wait a day for the road to open. After Hurricane Irene the road was closed for almost 3 months.

- Barrett Walker

Recommended Wind Directions

NW: yes | N: yes | NE: yes

W: yes | Wind center.png | E: yes

SW: yes | S: yes | SE: yes

Northwest North Northeast
West Wind center.png East
Southwest South Southeast


Local Tips

There are home rentals in the area of Windmill Point. A number of ABC'ers rent there.


Ability

Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Map

<googlemap version="0.9" lat="35.922073" lon="-75.617437" zoom="13" width="700" height="600" scale="yes"> 35.95201, -75.632133, Jockey's Ridge next to Jockey's Ridge State Park 35.915177, -75.604614, Windmill Point Known by locals as Windmill Point but, officially, it's Town of Nags Head Harvey Sound Access </googlemap>


Selected Sailing Sites on the Outer Banks

Note that we said 'selected'. You can sail from almost anywhere on the Outer Banks, especially Nags Head and south. These are spots where there is easier access and you are likely to have company.


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