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Skateboarding on the Outer Banks

  By: Daryl Law
Carve concrete, go vertical, and get radical air while skateboarding at one of numerous skate parks stationed along the Outer Banks. These parks offer riders of all levels diverse challenges to hone their skills.

There’s not much of a street-skate scene in this region, so these parks were created to provide safe places for skating. Another trend has homeowners building concrete pools that convert to skateboarding bowls in the winter.

With so many parks ready to ride, “OBX” has emerged as a skateboarding destination. Plenty of enthusiasts from Colorado, Florida and Canada take vacations to these barriers islands to skate, according to skateboarding insider Lisa Brickhouse Davis of Roanoke Island.

“Oh definitely … tons of folks come here to skate,” she said. “Families in the know plan ‘skatecations’ on the Outer Banks.”

Davis quickly rattled off the numerous park locations from Knotts Island to Manteo to Hatteras. She added that a handful of rental houses in Duck and Corolla have “old school,” concrete bowl pools for skating.

Visitors should get started with the latest greatest venue, Kitty Hawk Park at 900 West Kitty Hawk Road (free). Nestled along a vast maritime forest, this 5,000-square-foot park, built by Andy Duck and Artisan Skateparks for Dare County, represents the sixth one Duck has built in the region.

Duck said all of the designs vary so riders can go from park to park to get diverse experiences. “Parks please everybody,” he said. “Riders can expect something different at each one. They see something different, that’s the whole point.”

Duck lives in Kitty Hawk, but Artisan Skateparks builds parks across North Carolina, the United States and beyond. Recently, they built a super one in Sweden. Closer to home, Duck and his crew also built the 6,000-square-foot Aviation Skatepark in Kill Devil Hills (free). It features an open flow-style mix of transition, banks, extensions, hips, ledges, stairs and rails. It’s located at 100 Veterans Drive next to the town hall and just south of the famous Wright Brothers National Memorial.

In Nags Head, try the concrete and wood park at the Outer Banks Family YMCA located along Highway 158 (known as the Bypass) at Milepost 11 (fee). The Manteo Skate Park operated by Dare County is located between Marshes Light and College of the Albemarle on Uppowoc Street (free).

Dare County also operates the Fessenden Center Skate Park in Buxton (free). Davis said that the 3:16 Skatepark in Frisco at mile-marker 66.5 has an all-indoor, wood facility (free).

Back up north on the Currituck Outer Banks, Island Revolution features an outdoor skatepark in Corolla (fee). On the Currituck mainland, there’s one at Sound Park in Powell’s Point and one at Maple Park near Barco, which Davis said is pretty “sick” and designed for advanced skaters.

Those willing to drive north to the Currituck Courthouse and take a ferryboat to Knotts Island will find a more forgiving park there, Davis added. The last three concrete parks listed are operated by Currituck County Parks and Recreation and all are free to ride.
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