At their farthest point from the mainland, the islands jut 30 miles out to sea. Since this point is so far from North Carolina, when you’re looking west you can’t see the mainland and you get spectacular sunsets that appear to be setting over the water when they really aren’t. The Outer Banks (also called the OBX or Cape Hatteras) is one of the most popular kiting spots in the States. It has something for everyone: flat-water riding in the massive bay and waves on the ocean side. There are plenty of kite schools and shops, and it’s a great place to learn to kite thanks to the shallow, flat-water bay.
The first time I went to the Outer Banks was in 2002 as a beginner windsurfer. Back then it was mostly windsurfers there, but over the years I watched as kiting grew in popularity and eventually overtook windsurfing. I myself learned to kite there in 2011, with none other than pro kiter Sensi Graves as my instructor. 11 years later, and after 20 years of enjoying the amazing spot, I’m still just as stoked and can’t wait to get back there as often as possible.