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REAL is located in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, internationally recognized as the best place to kiteboard in the world, and the East Coast #1 surfing destination.

The REAL Flagship Store, REAL Lesson Center and REAL Rental Shop were designed and built for YOU to maximize your experience in Cape Hatteras whether you are coming to kiteboard, surf, standup paddleboard or just to enjoy the beach.

REAL Watersports (view from Highway 12)
Trip Forman
Matt Nuzzo

Meet the Founders

REAL Co-Founders Trip Forman and Matt Nuzzo were recently named among the "Top 10 Most Influential People in the History of Kiteboarding" by Kiteboarding Magazine. Outside Magazine compared REAL to the early days of Burton Snowboards in their 10-page feature on REAL and Co-Founders Trip Forman and Matt Nuzzo. What is it that gives Trip and Matt the insight to put REAL and the sports we do ahead of the pack?

The answer is simple. Time on the water. Between the two founders, the amount of time actively involved in a variety of watersports is impressive - Kiteboarding: 25 Years. Surfing: 40 Years. Standup Paddleboarding: 12 Years. Windsurfing: 38 Years. Dinghy Sailing: 42 Years. Offshore Sailing: 32 Years. Trip and Matt have actively instructed, competed, and developed equipment in all of these sports. 189 years of combined experience on the water. When it comes to knowing the answer, or knowing what’s next, there’s no resource like time on the water.

In addition to both founders spending a significant amount of time on the water testing new gear, Trip focuses his efforts on marketing, brand management and company development. Matt drives daily operations at REAL, overseeing sales, instruction, client fulfillment and stoke!

Trip and Matt can both be seen around Cape Hatteras grabbing daily sessions in the water.

Check out Trip Forman's Ultimate Quiver!

The REAL Team

The REAL Team includes the people who make REAL Watersports what it is – the largest, most respected watersports company in the world. At REAL, you will find a very diverse range of backgrounds and interests. “We Make New Riders Everyday” is the mission that our team lives by, whether they are helping you in the water, in our dvds, or on the phone. The smiles come from watching our clients become better riders through the REAL experience.

We look forward to seeing you on the water soon !

REAL Flagship Store

This new facility is a one of a kind, 18,000 square foot “aquaplex” with specific areas for retail, school, rental shop, restaurant and spa. Also included in this new space is an additional 4,000sq ft deck facing directly onto the Pamlico Sound, allowing unbelievable views of all the kiteboarding action on the water and the unbelievable sunsets to the West. Music playing from the edge of the highway to the edge of the water and everywhere in between, turns up the stoke and gets people fired up to hit the water no mater what their passion.

REAL Lesson Center

The REAL Lesson Center is right onsite for kiteboarding, surfing and standup paddleboarding lessons and camps with 26 full time coaches, 12 PWCs and a private 4 acre Bermuda grass launch right on the Pamlico Sound. The new REAL Lesson Center features 2,500 sq ft of dedicated school space plus direct access onto the 4,000 sq ft deck, 3 private, separated classrooms, overhead video projectors, plus 5 outdoor showers, bathroom facilities, lockers and more. As always, 200 brand new kites and 75 brand new kiteboards round out the school gear making this the best instructional kiteboarding facility in the world.

REAL Rental Shop

REAL offers the ONLY Rental Shop in the United States where you can rent the latest Kite, Surf and Standup gear. With airline travel hassles going up and up, it’s easier to leave your gear at home and rent the best gear on the planet with REAL! As kiteboarders and surfers we understand traveling with all your gear can be difficult and expensive, our rental program gives you access to the perfect size kite and board for the days conditions without the hassles. If you’re in the market for new gear test it out first by renting and use one day of the Rental Price toward any gear purchase of the same rental class on the day of your return.


Watermen's Retreat

Watermen’s Retreat is located directly beside the REAL Flagship Store and is designed with three living floors, all with breathtaking views of the Pamlico Sound and Atlantic Ocean. Whether you choose “Waterfront” or “Waterview”, you will be treated to plenty of Pamlico Sound and Atlantic Ocean views and the best sunrises and sunsets on the planet!

Learn more about Watermen's Retreat

Watermen's Bar & Grill

REAL Watersports and Watermen’s Retreat are proud to announce the opening of a new waterfront restaurant in the village of Waves.

Watermen’s Bar and Grill is open serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week, plus the best coffee, beers, wines and mixed drinks in the area. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pamlico Sound with the best food on the Outer Banks.

Sky Blue Summer Concert Series Schedule

Watermen's Bar & Grill Menu