Hatteras Island Surf and Sail

Hatteras Island Surf and Sail

Surfing & Windsurfing
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The original Hatteras Island Surf Shop opened in Waves, NC in 1971. Barton Decker and a few friends started the shop as a summertime job, an excuse to stay at the beach for the summer and get surfboards cheap. But the shop and Hatteras grew on him more then he expected and he continued and expanded Hatteras Island Surf and Sail into two locations. The Surf Shop is still tucked behind the trees similar to how it was in 1980s when it was built. The Surf Shop packs surfboards, bodyboards, skimboards and other surf equipment. The Sail Shop is right on the water and is packed with kiteboarding, windsurfing, and paddleboard gear. The Sail Shop provides windsurfing and kiteboarding lessons right out behind the shop. Kayaking, windsurfing and paddlboarding rentals can be launched right from behind the shop.
Waves, United States

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Doc Wade
1 contribution
Jul 2022
Refreshing, old-school customer service and honesty. Fun and interesting stories of island history with Bart, and Reider is as friendly and helpful as can be. They got all six of our party up and sailing on windsurfers within the first 15 minutes of their first lesson. They are invested in getting you into the right gear for the conditions and want you to have success.
Written 11 July 2022
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Alfredo R
1 contribution
May 2022
I planned a family trip to OBX and came across Hatteras Island Surf and Sail so I decided to schedule a lesson. Reider was my instructor and thaught me different ways to go about kiteboarding, He's very knowledgeable about the sport.

thanks for your help!
Written 1 June 2022
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Michelle H
40 contributions
Sep 2021
Hatteras Island Surf and sail came highly recommend to My husband and I when looking for wind surfing instructions for him for his birthday. Scheduling the appointment was easy to do online. His instructor was very professional and personable at the same time. Will use this shop again.
Written 22 November 2021
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robinkR3110RF
5 contributions
Sep 2021
A friend and I had never surfed before, but were interested in surfing so we scheduled a surfing lesson. Our instructor was very friendly, knowledgeable, and genuinely interested in teaching us and helping us ride some waves. We had a great time.
Written 23 September 2021
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LVF
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Are you serious about learning to windsurf or kite? Do you value constructive feedback from a legend and a pro? Then, come here. Are you just bored of the beach and looking for something to do for bragging rights? Don't come here. These guys are ready and willing to give you the attention you won’t find at a corporate-run, but maybe prettier place. They really do care...provided YOU do. Icing on the cake? Barton and Reider’s clients are longtime clients. There’s a whole wind and kite family waiting for you...IF you really care.
Written 10 June 2021
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Jay Hill
5 contributions
Aug 2020
Staff were disinterested, had difficulty finding equipment (kayaks, paddles, life jackets), and made comments like "this should work" when getting kayaks. One of the kayaks had a hole under the seat (which they knew about and had tried to patch) resulting in it taking on water so we literally had to walk it back since it wouldn't stay afloat. Awful experience.
Written 17 August 2020
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Carly I
13 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
This place is so awesome. Their customer service is 5 star. Absolutely use them for your kayaking or water rental needs.
Written 15 July 2020
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Moni-SD1
28 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Other overpriced stores around with a lot of attitude made me enter the door at Hatteras Island Surf and Sail (the location that is behind the Dairy Queen in Waves).

For three days I had the time of my life!

Low-key attitude, low prices, any type of gear you might want to try and a great shallow area right in front of the door.

Do not let the chaotic look fool you. Soon you will realize this is not chaotic, this is authentic. Barton, please do not change a thing!

You open the door and you enter the realm of "THE Dude". Barton and crew have zero judgement in their eyes, are most sincerely happy to see you there. If you rent with them - fine, if you don't - fine too.

Yes, depending on weather, you can get lessons in SUP, kayaks, kiting, foiling and windsurfing.

Barton has been in this business since the business existed. He knows what you need before you realized it yourself.

Barton's son is probably one of the top-10 kiters in the world ... so that speaks for itself.

I came in stressed out, I left with a smile on my face.

What's there more to say.
Written 3 September 2018
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David H
15 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
The owner, Barton Decker, is one of the most knowledgeable and helpful folks I have encountered on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for windsurfing and kiting. He's always helpful and a blast to talk to. His shop has tons of equipment for sale, as well as lessons and rentals for both sports as well as SUP'ing and surfing. This is a straight-forward good place.
Written 16 April 2018
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HATTERAS ISLAND SURF AND SAIL (Waves) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go