Spring is in the air. Spring has sprung. March is heading out like a lamb. Something about showers and spring flowers.
Any pleasant spring clichés you can think of, they apply to the Outer Banks right about now.
It’s been a pretty mild winter, but it is a downright gorgeous start to spring. Look north or south on this blog for one of our beach updates/Moment of Zen, and you’ll get a first-hand feel for the amazing OBX days we’ve been enjoying.
In the spirit of the joyfully beautiful spring, we have some fun updates to share for our Friday tradition of Outer Banks Link Love.
2012 Outer Banks Taste of the Beach Winners
Last week we enjoyed the annual OBX Taste of the Beach, and it was a smashing success…as always. :) Gorgeous weather, great food, great drinks, and great people. Here’s a run down of the 2012 OBX TOB winners courtesy of Kitchens Are Monkey Business.
Congratulations to the 2012 Taste of the Beach Grand Tasting Winners:
- Best Booth: Black Pelican
- Best Booth 2nd Place: OB Brewing Station
- Best In Show: The Bad Bean Baja Grill
- Best OBX Catch: OB Brewing Station
- Best OBX Catch 2nd Place: The Brine & Bottle
- The Chef’s Award: The Bad Bean Baja Grill
- People’s Choice Best Dessert: Kelly’s Restaurant
- People’s Choice 1st Place: OB Brewing Station
- People’s Choice 2nd Place: Lucky 12 tavern
- People’s Choice 3rd Place: Kelly’s Restaurant
Best U.S. Beaches for Families
The Outer Banks was named to FamilyVacationCritic.com’s list of Top 10 “Best U.S. Beaches for Families.” Nice work OBX!
OBX Surf Fix
It has been a pretty slow winter for Outer Banks surfing. The mild weather means there has not been much storm activity, and as a result, the swells have been less than impressive. But here’s a fun OBX surf trip video to give us a surf fix during our flat spell.
A few guys from New Jersey hoped in their rig and headed south for some OBX swell. It wasn’t huge, but it was better than NJ. And they met up with some great OBX’ers, including local OBX surf pro Brett Barley. Enjoy
Noah Snyder Surf Camp
While we are on the subject of Outer Banks surf, and local OBX surf pros, let’s check in on the living legend, Noah Snyder. This seems like an opportune time to mention that Noah’s 2012 summer surf camp has just been announced. Here’s a quick overview, but check Noah’s website for the full details. Thanks for helping to keep the OBX surfing community strong Noah.
|July 16 – 20||9am-1:00pm|
|August 6 – 10||8am – 12:00 pm|
|August 13 – 17||8:30am – 12:30pm|
Surfing Day Camps by Professional Surfer Noah Snyder – for Beginners through Advanced “Destined to Believe”
Get ready for the best surf camp of your life! Professional Surfer Noah Snyder and his friends give you a week of amazing surf training and lots of fun. A surfing experience that you won’t want to miss!
|Ages:||8 – 17|
|Time:||Monday – Friday, see times that coordinate with the date|
|Where:||Kill Devil Hills meeting at the new Camp|
Grave Digger – Behind the Scenes
A few weeks ago I put out a post discussing the OBX’s Monster Neighbor to the North: Grave Digger. One of the most popular Monster Trucks of all time just so happens to be an OBX native. Awesome, right?! To build on that post, here’s a great interview with the Grave Digger family that still lives on the Outer Banks. Great history and behind the scenes info on the monster of monsters, Grave Digger.
A couple quick notes…
- The town of Nags Head is on the hunt to purchase land to keep as open space. Awesome! Great to see towns with the foresight to keep public spaces open. Nice work NH!
- There was a protest at the Hatteras Lighthouse this week to fight the Hatteras beach closures. Here’s a great recap from the Outer Banks Voice.
Let’s close out our Link Love with some fun with sand fleas. Sand fleas are great. Easy to find, easy to catch, and not dangerous to the kiddos. BUT the kiddos need to be very gentle with this little critters; they are delicate. Here’s a post from our friends at the Outer Banks Fishing club with a quick list of Three (3) Ways to Have Fun With The Outer Banks Sand Fleas.
Time Capsule: Here are some popular posts from last year at this time.