Adventures of the Off-Season

By Lexi Holian | Wednesday, February 17, 2016

If you've ever climbed the sand dunes of Jockey's Ridge in the summer, then you've seen hang gliders soaring above the sand – or perhaps into it on a first attempt. They're as much a part of the scenery as the ocean and sound, so it's easy to mistake the sport for one that belongs solely to the summer season. But the truth is there are hang gliders in the air year round piloted by both beginners and more advanced fliers working on their hang gliding certifications. The cooler months are actually preferable to some pilots, and those of you who have walked Jockey's Ridge sans a hat and sunscreen in July will know what I mean. Although you won't want to take a dip in the Atlantic without a serious wetsuit at this time of year, there are still plenty of adventures to be had, and I'd recommend you start by learning to fly.

Make It An Adventure This Leap YearKitty Hawk Kites Kayaking
Leap year always strikes me as something special – not only because I have a family member who only gets to celebrate his birthday once every four years – and clearly it’s a reason for celebration at Kitty Hawk Kites too. This February 29, the Outer Banks adventure destination is offering Leap Year Specials for hang gliding, kayak tours, standup paddleboard lessons and tours, surfing lessons and weekly rental deliveries. Book a beginner dune lesson for Monday, February 29 and get another beginner dune lesson for free, or book for Saturday, February 27 or Sunday, February 28 to get one half off. Have another adventure in mind? Not actually on the Outer Banks this month? You can book any three adventures listed above on February 29 (for any date in 2016!) and get one free. This is a wonderful opportunity for the adventure seeker or for a family who has different activities in mind.

Color Theory WorkshopColor Theory Workshop
Vibrant colors are often what first draw us to a piece of art, but they can be confusing to work with when it comes to reconciling theory with practice. Both beginners and advanced acrylic painters are welcome to this weekend’s Color Theory Workshop presented by the Dare County Arts Council. Adele Castillo will lead the two-day workshop in which students will create color wheels from pigments they own and explore how color theory compares to the reality of working with pigments. Hue, value and chroma will be subjects of Castillo’s instruction, and students can expect to learn how their color choices affect what they are portraying. The workshop will take place on Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo. Register in advance to claim your spot by calling (252) 473-5558.

Effective Communication Skills
Families of children with disabilities and special needs, here is a wonderful, free opportunity to develop improved communication skills in your home. A team from the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center will be leading the Effective Communication Skills workshop, which will explore styles of communication, listening skills, organization, resources and more to help you keep communication between home and school on the right track. All materials will be provided, and there will be light refreshments at no cost. The workshop will take place on Thursday, February 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Outer Banks Family YMCA. Childcare is available upon request with advance notice.

Flying Pirate Half MarathonUpcoming: Flying Pirate Half Marathon
Avast! Registration is open for the annual Flying Pirate Half Marathon and First Flight 5K! This is a fun way to see the Wright Brothers Memorial and other Outer Banks sights while staying fit, and there’s a pirate-themed party waiting at the finish line. The entire community comes out to cheer on runners, and I bet they’ll whoop even louder for you if you decide to don your pirate garb or another fun outfit (there’s a costume contest too). Finishers will receive an event shirt, medal and swag bag. There will be live music and free beer and food for runners at the Pirate Jamboree Finish, and Escape Massage and Yoga will also be on site. Make sure to check out Jolly Roger’s two-day Pirate Expo too happening the same weekend.

Flying Pirate Half MarathonThe 5K will take place on Saturday, April 16 and the half marathon will take place on Sunday, April 17. Outer Banks Sporting Events donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the Outer Banks Charity Relief Foundation and the Dare Education Foundation.


It may be February, but the live music and late night events are still happening all month long. Whether you prefer a DJ dance party, shag dancing or trivia night, you can plan your evenings out by visiting our Nightlife & Events page.

About the Author Lexi Holian
Lexi Holian was born and raised on the Outer Banks and cannot remember a time when she wasn’t writing. She can often be found planning her next trip abroad but will always return to the Outer Banks, her place of greatest inspiration. You can contact Lexi at