6 Best Outer Banks Water Sports To Try

Water sports are thrilling and an entirely different ballgame compared to the traditional sports we are used to. These are physically exhilarating and soul-refreshing experiences you will cherish for the rest of your life as you get to do something new and challenge yourself. 

Water sports have their charm and are a must-try when on your vacation on the Outer Banks, and especially if you are staying in one of the amazing oceanfront OBX rentals. Water sports truly require only two things – the zeal to try it out and being at the beach. Once the thrill and excitement take over, you can enjoy spending quality time with your family and friends, sharing in your new favorite sport. So here are the top choices when it comes to Outer Banks water sports. 


The Outer Banks is a great place to explore your surfing skills. The local areas in Corolla, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, and Southern Shores offer amazing surfing experiences that will make you want to keep coming back for more. The crashing waves are known to promote the release of feel-good chemicals in the body and are quite simply just a ton of fun.


Kiteboarding combines the power of air drag and water drift to give a refreshing experience. The sport involves salvaging the wind power with a large power kite, which pulls the rider across the surface of the water.

It is an incredibly popular sport in Kitty Hawk and a must-try for those who want to experience surfing topped with the experience of paragliding. The sport gives a strong feeling of freedom and the joy that comes with riding the waves. 


Kayaking is among the best low-impact, endurance sports that challenge your whole body in amazing ways. The sport involves using a kayak (a narrow boat) with a double-blade paddle that makes moving on the water fun and challenging. 

If you are looking to get out on the water during your holidays in a relaxing way, then kayaking is the way to go. It is an easily accessed sport on the Outer Banks that couples and friends can spend the day enjoying together. 


If you are on the lookout for an unforgettable experience, then parasailing is for you. It involves using a secure harness tied to a parasail wing that gets dragged on the water’s surface by a motor boat, where the wind gives an uplifting experience you won’t forget. 

This is an activity where you do not have to do much, as most of the control will be managed through the motor boat and the air current. This activity is sure to offer an adrenaline rush and give you incredible views of the Outer Banks from above.


This is an ideal activity for water sports enthusiasts looking for some calm fun on the water. It is a low-impact activity where you can spend quality time with your partner, family, and friends while paddling your way along the Outer Banks. 

Whether you choose to stand up and paddle to see how far you can go or you have a sit-down experience and just enjoy floating along the beaches and sound, paddleboarding is enjoyable for all! 

Jet Skiing

For an adrenaline-fueled aquatic adventure on the Outer Banks, jet skiing is a thrilling option to add to your list of water sports. The open waters of Corolla, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, and Southern Shores provide the perfect playground for jet ski enthusiasts. Whether you’re a speed enthusiast or a first-time rider, jet skiing adds an extra splash of excitement to your Outer Banks vacation.

Parting words

Planning your vacation on the Outer Banks is a lot of fun and is extra fun when you decide to add water sports to your agenda!

Participating in water sports will create unforgettable experiences that you’ll be sure to remember for years to come.


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