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REAL Lesson Center

"We Make New Riders Every Day". This has been our mission statement since 2001. Since then, over 50,000 students have completed our kiteboarding, surfing and foiling instructional programs. Outside Magazine ranks REAL's Zero to Hero Camp among their "Top 10 Adventure Camps in the World".

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REAL Watersports

REAL is located in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. We’re surrounded by some of the best kiteboarding, surfing and foiling conditions in the world.

About REAL Cape Hatteras

Where to Stay

Watermen's Retreat is a waterfront resort located directly beside REAL in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Watermen’s Retreat offers the full spectrum of accommodations from modern waterfront penthouses to budget friendly, convenient cabanas.

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Where to Eat

Watermen's Bar & Grill serves delicious, freshly prepared food, plus the best coffee, beers and mixed drinks on the Outer Banks.

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REAL Rental Shop

REAL rents a full selection of kiteboarding, surfing, foiling and standup paddle gear. You can also “Try Before You Buy” and apply one day’s rental charge towards the purchase of your new gear.

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REAL Lesson Center Walk-Through

Matt Nuzzo does a walk-through of the REAL Lesson Center in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and shows you what it's like to take a lesson at REAL.

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Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Epic winds. World-class waves. Limitless foil potential. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, both over the water. Not many destinations in the world can match this.

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We Make New Riders Every Day

When you're learning with REAL, you have access to the most knowledgeable and friendly coaches in the world. To maximize your instructional experience, we recommend visiting the REAL Lesson Center in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Our state of-the-art facility has instant access to perfect conditions for kiteboarding, surfing and foiling.

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Ready to book your lesson or camp? Need more information? Send us a message at or call 252-987-6000.

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Great People

“Whatever vitamins the REAL employees are being fed to make them all so nice and welcoming and caring to all the clients are definitely working because I had an absolute blast.”

— Patrick Johnson


“Attended the Zero to Hero camp and have to say it exceeded my expectations. Before signing up I looked at some other lessons on Hatteras and kept coming back to the REAL Watersports site. Something just kept telling me this is the place to go. I'm glad I did. What a wonderful facility. It's just first-class all the way around!”

— Bobby Dow

The Only Way to Learn

“After spending three days with REAL, I realized that this is the only way to learn. Having the coach be right with you on the ski coaching you through the entire experience was amazing. I was able to progress so much faster and farther than expected.”

— Russell Terry