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Address: 25706 NC 12 Hwy, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC 27982
Phone Number:
+1 252-987-6000
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00

We make new riders every day!

We are located in Cape Hatteras, NC and ship...

We make new riders every day!

We are located in Cape Hatteras, NC and ship gear all over the world.

Our Cape Hatteras "aqauplex" features our Flagship Store, Watermen's Bar and Grill, Watermen's Retreat and the REAL Lesson Center.

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Best kiteboarding lessons ever

I signed up for a 3 day kiteboarding camp and Esben was my instructor. I've kiteboarded for a couple of years on and off but only a couple of days a year so I haven't progressed... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 November 2016
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

I signed up for a 3 day kiteboarding camp and Esben was my instructor. I've kiteboarded for a couple of years on and off but only a couple of days a year so I haven't progressed very quickly. I told Esben I wanted him to push and challenge me since I'm quite happy to stay in my comfort zone. He... More 

Thank Yinny1
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

This place is everything a Kiteboarder could ask for. They are a truly first class operation. Great shop, amazing people, perfect location and even the bar is incredible.

Thank Marc W
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Friendly helpful staff. Excellent selection of items for rent and sale. Highly recommended!!! Took kiteboarding lesson and Esben was a great teacher.

Thank Donald B
Management response:

Hi Donald, Thank you so much for your kind recommendation! We're so glad that you had a great time on your lesson with Esben! More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

So I ended up at this place last minute due to my surf instructor not showing up at another business in town. With less than an hours notice I was able to book surf lessons. The lesson was great, the staff from desk, to driver, to instructor were all amazing, professional, and pleasant. They made what was a tough situation... More 

Thank kyle f
Management response:

Hey Kyle! Thank you so much for writing to us. We're stoked that you were able to get out and catch some waves! Keep us posted on your progression in surfing; we'd love to hear your session stories and we hope to see you out in the lineup soon! More 

Thousand Oaks, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The facility was perfect for beginners to learn the basics, safety and kite handling techniques. Our instructors were great with their advise and patience as us beginners took to the water and made many mistakes but eventually we were up and riding! I want to thank Austin for being a fun coach. I can't think of a better place to... More 

Thank five4cal
Management response:

Thanks so much! We're so glad that you had a good time and we can't wait to see you back here kiting soon! More 

Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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155 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Great shop for men's beachwear. Great selection of board shorts. Selection of swimwear for ladies other than teens- 20's not to be found here. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Live music parties are hosted here in season.

Thank Susie007allen
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

My husband and I took a kiteboarding lesson with Nicole and she was awesome! We had an amazing time learning the ropes as newbies and she was an excellent guide. Totally professional and helpful every step of the way. I am definitely hanging up my windsurf for a kiteboard and can't wait to get back there and continue our progress.... More 

Thank Skiffles
Charlottesville, Virginia
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105 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We've been shopping and then eating here (Waterman's Bar and Grill opened in 2013) since Real opened in '01. Purchased 3 SUPs since opening, wetsuits, flipflops (Sanuk, the best), board shorts, bathing suits, Robert August long board, (other surf boards get from JC in Hawaii and friend who shapes boards in Valle Crucis, NC), met Robert August there (had before... More 

Thank CIndyCsml
Panama City, Florida
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Team could not have been more helpful. In particular, Lauren and Taylor. Both of them are assets to both themselves and their employer. That's just 2 examples, lot of nice folks... Very well merchandised, clean. Exceeds expectations; something not often seen. It's a green light from me!

Thank Jcareyscott3
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

I have watched REAL grow from concept to the amazing facility it has become. Owners and management have obviously invested serious time and money in ensuring that their customers receive the very best... whether it is top shelf gear, instructions, lodging, and even entertainment and food. They provide a positive and safe environment and the grounds are clean and groomed... More 

Thank Don E

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