By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

By the Sea Outer BanksAh! What pleasant visions haunt me
As I gaze upon the sea!
All the old romantic legends,
All my dreams, come back to me.
-The Secret of the Sea by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is something extraordinary that occurs as we stand at the edge of a continent and contemplate the sea. A part of this connection is the seemingly endless horizon with occasional silhouettes of ships crossing the waters. We feel fortunate that the Outer Banks sand is soft and warm beneath our feet. The waves crest and roll to the shore with a rhythm that is soothing in its constancy.

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10 Awesome Surfboard Artists That’ll Get You Super Stoked for Surf Season!

We love surfing and felt the need to highlight some of the amazing talent from around the world in surfboard art. Here are ten of our favorite artists with examples of their work. Click the image to enlarge.


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Fieldey, or as her mom calls her, Haylee Fieldes, started out on her career path studying graphic design in Sydney, Australia before spending a few years travelling and then working as a graphic artist in London. In 2007 she moved to Perth where she picked up surfing and decided to custom-paint her own board. The rest, as they say, is history. Her popular YouTube channel Fieldey TV, and blog tutorials have helped to make her a rising star in the surf art scene. As an addition to her great surfboard art, you can see many uniquely designed mural of hers throughout Perth. The board we are highlighting is titled “The Saucy Knave” which Fieldey says “is one of my favourite boards… it’s a delightful mixture of tropical plants, my favourite fruit, an untrustworthy cad and a galapagos land iguana.”

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Harnessing the Wind Outer Banks Windmills

There is a tendency to think of wind energy as a new form of technology, but it is not. Converting the power of the wind to electric energy is relatively new, but using the wind to aid human endeavors dates back to the first windmills that appeared in the Near East 1,200 years ago. If sailing ships are included in wind energy, it’s difficult to find a time in human history that wind was not a part of our energy portfolio.

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Monkey Island Outer Banks

The view from the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is extraordinary. To the east the Atlantic Ocean crashes into Corolla beach in channels of white-crested waves; to the south on the clearest days, the water tower in Duck, 13 miles south, is barely visible. Looking west, the Currituck Sound is dotted with islands near the shoreline, and then open water until it reaches the mainland.

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Sea Turtles on the Outer Banks

Sea Turtles Outer BanksSoft sand and vast uncrowded beaches are just two reasons thousands of visitors pack their cars, load up their families and head to the Outer Banks.  But, it is not just people who look to the Outer Banks as the perfect summertime haven.

From mid-May to mid-September sea turtles emerge from the surf and onto the beach for the purpose of laying eggs.  This activity tends to be more active on the southern beaches, but if you’re vacationing on the Outer Banks from the southern island of Ocracoke and north to the town of Duck, you may experience egg laying or the birth of baby sea turtles.

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