December 1st Gift Certificate Give Away

3 times per year, we give away a $25 gift certificate!  All you have to do to get your name in the drawing is send in some feedback that we can post here on wind-nc.com.  It can be a product review or customer service feedback, good or bad, whatever you want, as long as it’s honest.  Here are the entries from the December 1st drawing.  And here are the results:

The next Gift Certificate Give Away will occur on June 1st, 2011.

Evening Windsurfing Clinics with Andy Brandt!

We’re hosting Informal Windsurfing Clinics at Wind-NC for the next THREE (count ’em, 3) Weeks!!  ABK Boardsports and Wind-NC are teaming up and sponsoring these absolutely FREE Evening Windsurfing Clinics, taught by none other than the man, the myth, the legend: Andy Brandt!

Who: You, all of your friends, and Andy Brandt

What: Informal Question and Answer Windsurfing Clinic.  Come with Questions!  “How does one Uphaul?”  “How does one Forward Loop?”

When: 7PM on Thursday October 14th, Wednesday October 2oth, and Thursday October 28th, 2010

Where: Wind-NC, 41074 Hwy 12, Avon, NC 27915 (behind Village Video and Hatteras Island Boardsports)

Why: To make YOU a better windsurfer!

New Feedback Page

I’ve just added a “Feedback” page to the site here at wind-nc.com.  Feel free to check it out, or better yet, add to it with your personal experience or gear review!  To give you some incentive, you’ll be entered in to a drawing for a $25 Gift Certificate when you submit your feedback.

Thanks for your continued support and constructive criticism!

This Could Be Yours!

New Windsurfing Gear Arrivals

Head’s up- The store is brimming with new windsurfing gear for you to check out on your Fall trip!  We’ve received a ton of stuff in the last few weeks, with more coming in almost every day!  For example, we have:

Aeron V-Grip Aluminum Booms starting at $269

The 2011 Gaastra IQ 5.0!  Best Wave Sail Ever!!

2009 and 2010 Gaastra Sails like the Manic HD, Poison, and Swift!

2010 Naish Sails!!!  AND Naish SUPs on the way!  All-Terrains, Sprints, Boxer SLs, and Glides, Manas, Nalus, and Hokuas!!

2010 Naish All-Terrain 5.0
Super Light Naish Sail Scrim

Sailworks Retros including a closeout 5.0 for you to break the Speed Record with!

More and More RRD Windsurfing and Standup Paddleboards!  FSW 120s, 105s, a WaveTwin 99 for you to demo, the twin fin FireRide 155, and Wood Diamond 10’6″ and 11′ SUPs!

More and more Tabou windsurfing boards including Rockets and the best bump and jump board ever- the 3S 76!

World Sail Surges and Blasts, starting at just $409 Brand New!!

World Sail Blast 7.5

Chinook hardware by the truckload!

A full selection of NoLimitz masts!

What else??  Who knows!  Swing by the shop and check it out!!

Hatteras Wave Jam Week!!

The 2010 Hatteras Wave Jam is poised to begin!  This is the fourth installment of the Hatteras Windsurfing Festival Series, and it just gets better and better every time!  It looks like we’ll have plenty of waves, and our fingers are crossed for some decent wind during the event window.  The forecast models keep changing directions and velocities, keeping us on our toes in anticipation.  But hey, if the wind doesn’t show, we have plenty of SUPs to get you guys and gals out there enjoying the water!  One thing is for sure- we’re going to have plenty of wave action as Hurricane Igor builds steam and pushes us some swell!

Starting Wednesday morning (September 15th, 2010), we’ll have Daily 10AM Skipper’s Meetings here at Wind-NC.  During these meetings, we’ll discuss the plan of action for the day- where to go, what to expect, what type of gear to bring, etc etc.  Feel free to purchase that 85 liter wave board you’ve been eying up 🙂

Wind-NC is also hosting a Free Evening Clinic on Thursday night, starting at 7PM.  The clinic will focus on basic wavesailing technique and equipment tuning, safety, and how to keep your gear and body intact while negotiating a wave break.  I’m happy to move along at the pace of the group, so if y’all are more interested in learning about aerial-off-the-lips than dealing with shorebreak, just let me know.  This is an informal gathering.  Coaching and snacks/refreshments will be provided courtesy of Wind-NC!  Feel free to support the stoke by purchasing any little odds and ends you may need- The store will be open before, during, and after the clinic!

Hope to see y’all there (here)!!  Feel free to contact the shop if you have any questions:  252-995-4400

Hurricane Earl- Over and Out!

Hurricane Earl blew through Eastern North Carolina on Thursday evening, September 2nd.  Wind-NC was closed from Thursday, September 2nd through Saturday, September 4th due to the mandatory evacuation of Hatteras Island.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Luckily, Hatteras Island was relatively unharmed by the close encounter with Hurricane Earl.  Route 12 is now open to all traffic (albeit a bit wet, so take your time), and most of the local businesses should be back up and running within a day or two.  Wind-NC will resume partial operations with normal store business hours on Sunday, September 5th.  We should return to full operations by Monday, September 6th.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Fully Stocked Skateboard Section

Arbor, Sector9, Gravity, Element, Habitat, Girl...

If you’re on Hatteras Island and looking for skateboards, we’ve got ’em!  Decks, Wheels, Trucks, Bearings, Bushings, Shortboard and Longboard Completes!  We just received a giant shipment of Arbor Longboards, and man they are looking sick!  Everything from the 26″ Pocket Rocket Bamboo Deck (Complete with 8″ Gullwing Mission trucks and Arbor 65mm 78a street wheels) to The 44″ Blunt (Complete with 10″ Gullwing Chargers and 70mm 78a wheels).  The Arbors all have either a Bamboo or Hawaiian Koa top sheet on ’em- sustainably farmed, and carefully oriented to produce a one of a kind flex return.  All wood by-product is reclaimed for re-use, and the ultra clear grip is composed of long lasting crushed recycled glass.  So, not only do these sticks rip, but they’re very carefully put together to reduce strain on our environment.  Ditch your car, save on gas, and Skate To Work or School!!!

If you’re more of a park rat, swing on by and check out the decks and completes from Element, Habitat, Girl, PlanB, Alien Workshop, Speed Demons, and Hoopla.    Also, Wheels from Spitfire, Bearings from Bones, Lucky and HKD, and Trucks from Independent, Theeve, Royal, Thunder, and Randall.

Independent, Theeve, Thunder, Royal, and Randall Trucks

New Tabou Windsurf Boards In Stock

We’ve had a bunch of shipments come in over the last few days- Including some new Tabou boards!  They are looking SICK!!

Check a few of ’em out-

2010 Tabou 3S 96 LTD $1899
2010 Tabou Rocket 135 $1599
My Favorite- The Tabou Twister 100 $1999

I’d show you some of the other boards, but my camera batteries just died…  Anyway, the Twister 100 and the Rocket 135 will be going into the demo fleet, so swing on by and try ’em out!

Free Windsurfing Clinic with Andy Brandt!

Head’s Up!!  Wind-NC and ABK Boardsports are hosting a free windsurfing clinic with Andy Brandt- Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at 7PM, at the shop!  Come with questions- We’ll provide the snacks and beverages, you provide the topics, and Andy will provide the knowledge!

Hope to see y’all there!  Feel free to request any specific snacks or beverages in the comment section below!

New Wind-NC T-Shirts are in!

Man, we have been rockin’ and rollin’ in the shop- Non-Stop wind and warm temps surely helps the cause!  Anyway, we’ve had lots of new gear show up in the last few weeks, like Chinook’s brand new Pro-Alloy booms, starting at just $225.  Everyone has been loving the Neil Pryde “High Hook” Flotation Vest, too- built specifically for use with windsurfing harnesses ($84.95).

We just received some new shop T-Shirts, as well.  Check ’em out:

Black shirts, large logo on the back, small text across the chest. Available in Medium through XXL
White Shirts, large logo on the back, small text across the chest. Available in Small through XXL

$20 per shirt, and we can ship a T-Shirt anywhere in the US FOR FREE!

Mustache Update

For those of you hoping to take advantage of the mustache discount, you’re in for a tough race…  Ken is now sporting a mean ‘stache:

Remember- Mention his stache and receive 1% off your next purchase at Wind-NC!  Beat it with a better mustache of your own, and receive 2% off your next purchase!

There are some rules- the mustache must stand alone- No beards allowed!  Sorry, Ralph!

Introducing: Ken Ahrendt

Wind-NC's New Employee Ken

Ken will be helping me out this Spring at the shop.  He has a long history of windsurfing, starting with his time at the St. Mary’s College of Maryland where he served as the President of the Windsurfing Club.  He also spent a few years living the dream in Maui, teaching windsurfing and running sailboat charters- but the lure of Hatteras Island’s winds brought him back to the East Coast to hit the slicks, sounds, and Atlantic Ocean waves.

All of you heavyweights out there will appreciate Ken’s input- He’s 6’3″ and ~200 pounds, so he knows what it takes to get you guys moving.

Ken will be growing a mustache over the next few weeks.  Mention it and receive 1% off your next purchase at Wind-NC!!  Beat it with a better mustache and receive 2% off your next purchase at Wind-NC!!

Stocked up!

Just a quick head’s up- the shop is getting full to the brim with goodies for y’all to check out on your next Hatteras vacation!  I received a whole bunch of stuff from Sailworks, Chinook, MFC Fins, Gath Helmets, DVDs like Four Dimensions and Guy Cribb’s Intuition, etc etc….  We are ready to rock and roll!  Give me a shout if you have anything specific you want to see- If I don’t have it in stock, I’ll do my best to get it so that you can check it out!

Hope to see you soon!

-Andy