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May 2015

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Friday & Saturday, May 29-30, 2015 17th Annual Edenton Music and Water Festival Friday evening will begin with a Guided Sunset Paddle 6:30 with launching from Queen Anne Park. There are kayaks and canoes available from the Town Dock by advance reservation along with bringing your own for participation. Saturday, this festival promises to delight with Coast Guard participation, entertainment beyond compare both on the waterfront stage and along Broad with roving musicians as well as many more activities for children off and and on the water. Free Boat Rides, Free Paddling Demos with the Eastern 4-H Center, Artists @ Work, Food and Beverage Vendors/Arts and Crafts Vendors/Educational Vendors, expanded Kids Area with Games and Crafts and Joy the Clown will all be on site for all to ENJOY! New This Year: Kayak and Stand-Up-Paddle Races! This year, we are adding four paddle races to the Festival: 4-mile Kayak Race 4-mile Elite Racing Hulls 4-mile Stand-Up-Paddle Race 1-mile Kid’s Stand-Up-Paddle/Kayak Race (12 and under). The online cost per individual for any of these races is $25. Online registration includes a nifty race tee-shirt! Order your ad online.... anytime. For information about Edenton and Chowan County, call: 252-482-0300 or 800-775-0111 If you buy a printed ad from Albemarle Tradewinds , you also have access to our social media. 16 Albemarle Tradewinds May 2015

Kitty Hawk Surfing - The early days by Jesse Evans Atlantic ‘Cane Curls’: a surfer’s term for storm swells. The outer banks protrusion out into the ocean enables it to receive swells more consistently due to this geographical fix. After the 1967 ECSC at Virginia Beach, surfer magazine photographer Ron Stoner headed south to Kitty Hawk. As Stoner put it, “It was sunny, hot and clear. The water was beautiful blue, the waves were sparkling. For 5 weeks I’d been cruising the Eastern Seaboard, and I finally got to see top waves. Everything was perfect. It was one of the prettiest mornings I’ve ever seen anywhere in the world. The Atlantic Ocean came through with a good surf with the help of hurricane Faith. It was some fantastic surf at Kitty Hawk!” Actually, the waves Stoner spoke of were in front of Anderson’s market, just south of the pier. In the early 60’s before commercialism and the by-pass, the Outer Banks was a very special place. No crowds and little traffic, only the beach road, old route 12. Kitty Hawk was underdeveloped and UN-incorporated, a sweet little beach town with clean water, good waves and pristine beaches. Back then I don’t ever recall the beaches being closed due to water pollution, with very few cottages and septic systems. There were a few small ‘Mom and Pop’ businesses: Bill Anderson’s market, Wink’s groceries, and the Nags Head Trading Post, with many vacant lots in between. The by-pass and all the commercial buildings along it did not exist, just sand hills and sea oats. It was pretty unspoiled. I have been surfing the Outer Banks since 1960, and my favorite area has always been Kitty Hawk, as I fell in love with it’s quaint charm. Of all the towns, Kitty Hawk was the last to go commercial, and that aspect alone made it special to me. In the sixties, Kitty Hawk had two good breaks: the Kitty Hawk Pier/Anderson’s market, and the old station. There were other spots that would break, but these two were the best and most consistent. Gene and Sybils (Now Johns) was the best beach road grill, with their good food and their great Apple Jacks. The surf broke nicely there as well, as just in front of Shepards cottage was a good sand bar. The Currituck Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for new Currituck business Outer Vapes Custom Vapors and Lounge located at 6322 Caratoke Highway, Grandy, NC. This is the second location for the owners Ronnie and Christine Beasley. They are enjoying doing business in Currituck County. Among the guests were Josh Bass, Currituck Chamber President, Jason LeTourneau, FOCUS 252 owner, Becky & CA Howard, CA Howard & Associates Realty, owners the Beasleys, staff and customers. I could go on and tell you a lot of ‘Tales’ about early surfing on the Outer Banks, especially Kitty Hawk, but as Mojo sang in his album, ‘I’ll leave those tales untold’. Enjoy and appreciate it now folks, more change is coming. In closing, as I have always advocated, “Enjoy the beauties of our land, and it will be kind to the paths you travel.” Respect the locals and share the waves - Jesse Evans Jesse and the “Gov” in the 70’s Photoes by Jesse Evans If you have questions or comments concerning the Currituck Chamber please contact us by email at or call us at 252-453-9497 Jesse was the owner of Kitty Hawk shirts. His unique designs and quality work made his T- Shirts highly sought after. Albemarle Tradewinds May 2015 17