Visit REAL in Cape Hatteras

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina provides the best surfing and kiteboarding conditions in North America. Located 30 miles from the mainland, we receive swell from nearly every direction and have incredibly consistent winds throughout the year.

On the west side, we are bordered by the Pamlico Sound, a body of shallow water with small islands and canals, creating perfect slicks for kiteboarding. The shallow depth of the water makes this the best location to learn to kiteboard in the world. 

On the oceanside, Cape Hatteras is closer to the continental shelf than anywhere else on the East Coast which allows swells from deep water to hit our shores with exceptional power and consistency. This provides perfect barreling waves and conditions surfers from all around the world travel to experience.

Cape Hatteras is shaped with a 90 degree bend in the island. This means, not only do we pick up swell from nearly every direction, you can also find offshore winds by sliding a few miles up or down the coast. It's a surfers dream.

Whether you are looking for the perfect vacation, a quick kiteboarding trip, or want to strike a swell, look no further than Cape Hatteras. REAL Watersports and Watermen's Retreat are at the heart of the action. The REAL Slick in the backyard provides epic kiteboarding conditions and our central location enables surfers to score the best waves for any given swell.

We also have a vibrant nightlife and concert series at REAL. With acts such as Ky-Mani Marley, 2 Chainz, The Roots, Donavon Frankenreiter and many more, it's no surprise our guests come back year after year to not only shred but also, to party.

If the video above excites you, give us a call and we'll get you dialed in. Your accommodations, your sessions, and your fun are only a phone call away.

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Video edited, produced and lived by Ryan Osmond 

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