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Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Outer Banks, North Carolina (OBX) including world famous venues: The Lost Colony, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Kitty Hawk (Wright Brothers flight) and the barrier islands around the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound.

Onward to 2011 and the Windsurfing Sessions to Come!

Onward to 2011 and the Windsurfing Sessions to Come!

Well, 2010 is a wrap! What a year for Hatteras windsurfing and especially the action in the surf! Its always fond to remember back to past sessions, and luckily with online blogs, Facebook, Picasa Photo Galleries, and various Web Forums, we can usually take a peek back at either what we experienced or what we missed (oh yea, and lets not forget SessionLogs.com!). 2010 offered up some of the best Hatteras windsurfing conditions with fun surf, strong winds, Bermuda Highs, and an Epic Hatteras Wave Jam! Taking a trip back in time, I remember those two memorable late Spring sessions at Ramp 23 where we caught some killer surf the one sesh, and strong looplicious conditions during the second Spring […]

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Blackout in a can: Stores pull alcoholic energy drinks off shelves due to safety concerns

Blackout in a can: Stores pull alcoholic energy drinks off shelves due to safety concerns

Robert (name changed) rubs the bump on his head. That was not there the night before. He struggles to remember what happened last night; it remains a blur. He recalls the porcelain toilet he hugged at 4 a.m. He remembers guzzling a can of Four Loko before partying. Robert’s story is not uncommon. Alcoholic energy drinks have become a popular drink of choice among young adults, and a study reported in the Nutrition Journal found that 51 percent of college students consumed more than one energy drink in the average month, and of these energy drink users, 54 percent consumed alcohol mixed with energy drinks. Known as a blackout in a can, alcoholic beverages with caffeine additives feature fruity flavors, […]

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Hatteras Deep Freeze!

Hatteras Deep Freeze!

One word this early winter here on the OBX…”COLD!” Since December 2, we have been locked in a deep freeze of cold, blustery weather. Cold here is usually low 50 degree air temps; however, during Dec 2010, 50 degrees is “warm!” Water temps have plummeted as well both in the sounds and the ocean. The Gulf Stream has remained at bay with minimal warmth hitting the southern beaches. All in all, not too enticing to go windsurfing unless you have heated wetsuit apparel and a large heated van to change in. Andy reported on likely the last “warm” sesh of 2010 a few days ago, and I remember that day myself as the last time I suited up. Been way […]

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Benefit for “Children at Play” at the Brew Station December 15th

Benefit for “Children at Play” at the Brew Station December 15th

Children at Play Inc. – Kitty Hawk’s children’s museum is holding their second annual Santa and the Train Fundraser.  It will be this coming Wednesday, December 15th from 3:30 – 6:30 pm and all proceeds go to the children’s museum.  They have a lot of community outreach programs they offer that provide services for; the Autism society, DSS and the Children at Youth Partnership. If you have kids, this is a great event to get together with friends and family and support a great cause.

Black Friday Wave Sesh!

Black Friday Wave Sesh!

While many were out shopping following the Thanksgiving holiday, the OBX was blanketed with strong SW winds on Friday, Nov 26. Air temps rocketed into the low 70s and sunny skies prevailed until the weather rolled though around mid afternoon. Friday’s session was a short but sweet Atlantic romp. Ken Kellar, visiting from MD, and I caught it at Ramp 23 near Salvo. Waves ranged waist to chest in the side to offshore conditions. We began on windsurfing SUPs, and I had the SeaLion out for a few fun wave rides before the weather rolled in. Actually, the “weather” was more of a dry frontal boundary. It looked quite ominous from the water as a dark line of clouds; however […]

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First Flight XC Finishes in Top 10 at State Championship

First Flight XC Finishes in Top 10 at State Championship

First Flight High School Cross Country  Coach Ronnie Hudgins had high hopes for his men’s team to finish in the top five at the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A State Championship Meet Nov. 6 in Kernersville N.C. The men’s team finished 10th out of 16 teams with a total of 220 points, while the women’s team finished 15th out of 16 teams with a total of 353 points. There were about 129 runners in both events. “The competition was very tough this year, and we came up short of our goals,” Hudgins said. “But for the most part it was a successful season. Nearly everyone ran their fastest 5-kilometer race time by the end of the season, and a […]

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“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opens Friday

“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” opens Friday

StageKraft Productions will be performing “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” in the First Flight High School auditorium this week.  The show opens Friday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. Performances are also scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 13  at 7 p.m., and Sunday,  Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. The cast and crew of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” pose before rehearsals last week. StageKraft Productions will perform the show three times this week. The price is $5 for students, children, and senior citizens and $7 for adults.

Think twice before your next text

Think twice before your next text

Last year 5,474 people were killed and another 448,000 were harmed from crashes that involved distracted driving in the United States alone, according to Governors Highway Safety Association.  On Aug. 23, junior Brittany North became part of these statistics. North had just gotten her license a few days before school started and was driving alone to work for the first time. On the way, the familiar ‘ding’ of a text message sounded from her phone, prompting her to grab her phone and look at it. “As I read the text message, I was slowly drifting off the road. When I looked up I swerved because I panicked, I then overcorrected,” North said. “I lost control of my car and ran […]

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Chinese visitors spend 4 days on Outer Banks, take in local attractions

Chinese visitors spend 4 days on Outer Banks, take in local attractions

Four years. 26 Chinese Partners, 33 American partners. One Global Partnership. Oct. 4 through Oct. 8 marked the second visit Wuxi, China students and teachers have made to the United States, continuing the China Partnership. The trip consisted of 14 students, each of whom stayed with a First Flight High School partner and his or her family, as well as two teachers who stayed with China Partnership adviser Jane Shipman. “[The Chinese partners] believe the Outer Banks may be one of the most beautiful places on earth,” Shipman said. “When we climbed Jockey’s Ridge and could see both the sound and the ocean they said ‘you could never be unhappy here.’ It reminded me that sometimes we don’t take advantage.” […]

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Workshop encourages writing about life experiences

Workshop encourages writing about life experiences

While Dan Gediman was at home, sick with the flu, he found a copy of the 1950s book series called This I Believe. He started reading the series for comfort, but soon the books turned into something more. The pages came alive; Gediman saw himself in each one of the essays, set during the Cold War. “These people had circumstances different from us, but they were complaining about the same things,” said Gediman, the co-editor and Executive Director of This I Believe. To demonstrate how students from the past shared similar experiences with students in the present, Gediman held a student workshop on Sept. 23 to teach the purpose of the This I Believe essays. “When I was a high […]

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