OBX Outer Banks NC

Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Outer Banks, North Carolina (OBX) including world famous venues: The Lost Colony, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Kitty Hawk (Wright Brothers flight) and the barrier islands around the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound.

Think twice before your next text

Think twice before your next text

Last year 5,474 people were killed and another 448,000 were harmed from crashes that involved distracted driving in the United States alone, according to Governors Highway Safety Association.  On Aug. 23, junior Brittany North became part of these statistics. North had just gotten her license a few days before school started and was driving alone to work for the first time. On the way, the familiar ‘ding’ of a text message sounded from her phone, prompting her to grab her phone and look at it. “As I read the text message, I was slowly drifting off the road. When I looked up I swerved because I panicked, I then overcorrected,” North said. “I lost control of my car and ran […]

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Chinese visitors spend 4 days on Outer Banks, take in local attractions

Chinese visitors spend 4 days on Outer Banks, take in local attractions

Four years. 26 Chinese Partners, 33 American partners. One Global Partnership. Oct. 4 through Oct. 8 marked the second visit Wuxi, China students and teachers have made to the United States, continuing the China Partnership. The trip consisted of 14 students, each of whom stayed with a First Flight High School partner and his or her family, as well as two teachers who stayed with China Partnership adviser Jane Shipman. “[The Chinese partners] believe the Outer Banks may be one of the most beautiful places on earth,” Shipman said. “When we climbed Jockey’s Ridge and could see both the sound and the ocean they said ‘you could never be unhappy here.’ It reminded me that sometimes we don’t take advantage.” […]

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Workshop encourages writing about life experiences

Workshop encourages writing about life experiences

While Dan Gediman was at home, sick with the flu, he found a copy of the 1950s book series called This I Believe. He started reading the series for comfort, but soon the books turned into something more. The pages came alive; Gediman saw himself in each one of the essays, set during the Cold War. “These people had circumstances different from us, but they were complaining about the same things,” said Gediman, the co-editor and Executive Director of This I Believe. To demonstrate how students from the past shared similar experiences with students in the present, Gediman held a student workshop on Sept. 23 to teach the purpose of the This I Believe essays. “When I was a high […]

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State Board of Education considers ACT testing for all N.C. high schools

State Board of Education considers ACT testing for all N.C. high schools

College applicants generally take either the SAT or the ACT. All North Carolina students may one day take the ACT, if the State Board of Education pursues a current proposal. During a meeting of the State Board of Education in September, the possibility of free ACT testing for North Carolina high school juniors was discussed. Some believe all schools should be required to offer the ACT to all juniors with the costs being picked up by the state. While both exams are college admission tests, the SAT measures aptitude and problem solving ability; the ACT tests students on the curriculum students should have learned throughout their educational career. The ACT has up to five sections: English, mathematics, reading, science and […]

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Local strings program provides outlet for music students; gives fine arts credit

Local strings program provides outlet for music students; gives fine arts credit

Sports First Flight XC Finishes in Top 10 at State Championship First Flight High School Cross Country  Coach Ronnie Hudgins had high hopes for…

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Recent survey shows social networking may have negative academic impact

Recent survey shows social networking may have negative academic impact

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UNCG, COA offer college courses through high school

UNCG, COA offer college courses through high school

As colleges require advanced classes for students to participate in, many students exceed expectations by taking college level classes to gain admittance. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro allows students to take college level classes while they are still in high school. Students tend to take Advanced Placement classes to help prepare themselves for college and also to earn college credits while still in high school. “Two years ago we had a student receive 15 college credits by taking these classes,” distance learning facilitator Gloria Meads said. Since the program began, the number of students participating has increased each year. This year there are eight students enrolled already, with eight to 10 more expected this spring. Eight students were […]

Live OBX Beach Life Video Broadcasts!

Live OBX Beach Life Video Broadcasts!

Last night, I was surfing the applications available for my HTC Incredible and found an interesting live streaming video app called Bambuser. The application provides a platform to broadcast live streaming video feeds from the phone. This capability will allow for live OBX Beach Life condition reports when I am out checking the surf or the wind! We will definitely be using Bambuser for Hatteras Wave Jam! See the Bambuser feed in the left sidebar just below “Featured Advertising.” Now, you will see live video broadcasts from the beach! Very cool.

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BIG NE Wind and Surf

BIG NE Wind and Surf

The Hatteras Atlantic is now calming after a pounding over the past few days! Throughout most of last week, strong NNE winds blanketed the islands. Coupled with a strong low pressure system offshore, the swell rose considerably creating big surf including south side wrap across the islands! The swell began to hit last Thursday, and peaked Friday. The wave kite crew caught the epic conditions with some radical action captured! Check these out! (click image to open gallery) photo: Dimitri Maramenides, Epic Kites photo: Dimitri Maramenides, Epic Kites photo: Lane DuPont photo: Lane DuPont On the windsurfing side, Keith McCulloch reported solo session at the North End, Ocracoke on Friday and some big conditions. I caught it at South Beach, […]

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Introducing the AHD SeaLion

Introducing the AHD SeaLion

The AHD SeaLion 7’6″ has arrived! This is the first time this light air wavesailing SUP has experienced the Hatteras Atlantic! The SeaLion along with a 10’6″ Nah Skwell Nose Rider Stroller SUP cousin arrived today just in time for Hatteras Wave Jam next week! The SeaLion is specifically designed for very light air wavesailing. The fish hull design is conducive for maneuverability on a wave additionally complemented by the twin fins. Today was my first time on the SeaLion, and I had a blast out in the small surf this evening in Nags Head. Winds were SSE in the 5 to 12 mph range and with the 4.5m 2011 MauiSails Legend the setup worked great for catching the side […]

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