The Best Places for SUP on Hatteras Island
Our dock is the best place to launch, even if you are not renting from us!
1st, 2nd, 3rd, Turnouts
Just north of Avon there are also a few public launch sites, we refer to them as the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd turnouts. The 1st turnout is 1/4 of a mile north of Avon on the sound-side. It is the first sand road that you see on the left as you are driving north out of Avon. The next sand road past that is the 2nd turnout, and the next one past that is the 3rd. The turnouts are all small beaches that are accessible by 4WD (with a NPS Off-Road Permit) with limited parking at the beach (1-3 cars). The next road after the 3rd turnout takes you back to the old Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station, which we call the Chimmy House (you can see it chimney from the water), where there is ample public parking and a short walk (.25mile?) down to the soundside beach.
The Canadian Hole
South of Avon, there is a public beach access on the sound-side that is known locally as the Canadian Hole. There is a brown National Park sign just before the entrance that reads "Haulover Day Use Area." The paved parking lot, large beach, restrooms, and showers are features of this location.
Downwinders can be a lot of fun if you can orgainze two-way transportation.
Ocean-side / Surfing locations.....
Most often, the best place to go surfing is at the beach closest to you! Just find your way over to the dunes and look left and right to spot the longest breaking wave. Remember, the 2-3 hours on either side of low tide tend to generate the best waves.
There are also good sandbars at Ramp 38 in Avon, in front of the hotels at the north end of Buxton, and by the Frisco Pier.
If conditions are just right, surfing on the south-side can be epic, and one of our favorite places on the island is the beach at Billy Mitchell (Ramp 49) in Frisco. When the gulf stream comes in close, the water is as clear, blue, and warm as the Bahamas. Generally Billy Mitchell has a nice second bar that is a bit more friendly than north facing beaches.