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Shrouded in more legend and mystery than discernible fact, Edward Teach — better known as Blackbeard — has maintained his reputation as one of the most fearsome pirates to set sail in naval history. Despite his fearsome reputation, the legendary pirate only exists in British records for fewe…

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In the late-19th century, more than 800,000 bushels were being harvested from North Carolina waters and shipped to New York and California. By 1994, only around 119,000 bushels of oysters were being harvested.

  • Chelsea Miller
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A trip to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is never complete until guests experience the Graveyard of the Atlantic habitat and the largest collection of sharks in North Carolina.

  • Fran Marler
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Gazing out across the emerald waters, the turbines quietly churning away, the air seems to have a different feel. Whispers of cooler days to come, mornings with the promise of favorable winds, ideal surf and — along with it —those who seek to gain all that the sea has to offer.

  • Fran Marler
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Breakdown any and every material and cure what ails you all in the same breath. But that’s how it goes on this little slice of heaven we call home. She gives us of her bounty and, like a scorned lover, can take it all away within the blink of an eye.

  • Fran Marler
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As a surfer you meet heaps of people. With some people you stay connected in the water, and with some the experience is more fleeting. And then there are those who stick with you no matter where you go. Mickey McCarthy was one of those people. At the mere mention of his name, a smile broaden…

  • Fran Marler
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When it comes to surfboards, these days the options are as varied as the flavor of potato chips. Seriously. There are shortboards, longboards, step-ups, big wave boards, fun shapes, twin fins, quads, some with more rocker, some with none, some for traveling, others just for fun.

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The Surfalorus Film Festival will bring an eclectic array of local, regional, national, and international surf films to the Outer Banks when it returns for its sixth year September 21-23.

  • Fran Marler
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Some call it a lifestyle — days lived in accord with the sea, the tide, the wind. Other days, it feels disjointed and chaotic, with howling winds shearing the crest of each wave and along with it any hopes of catching “just one more.” Sometimes your efforts are in vain, while other days the …

  • Fran Marler
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There’s something about the smell of the waterfront. The brine of the sea, sun-baked into the docks, fusing with the diesel from the boats, the likes of which have seen countless hours offshore. Co-mingle that with fresh cut bait, a hot basket of hush puppies, and the result is somehow intox…

  • Fran Marler
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As the steam rises from the pavement like a cobra from its basket a double arched rainbow graces the summer sky. With their eerie allure, bioluminescence dances across the crest of each ocean wave, as if to welcome visitors to her shores. Ghost crabs scurry to and fro like dancers on a stage…

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If the sand and sun are too hot to handle, or if you just want to explore the waters like the Outer Banks' early Native American tribes, kayak rentals — as well as guided kayak tours — are a call or click away. Many equipment rental companies offer kayak delivery.

  • By Fran Marler
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It’s rhythmic — the casting of the line, back and forth, back and forth, the delicate, yet tantalizing fly dancing across the water, almost begging the fish below to have a bite.

  • By Fran Marler, contributing writer
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As a surfer you meet heaps of people. With some people you stay connected in the water, and with some the experience is more fleeting. And then there are those who stick with you no matter where you go. Mickey McCarthy was one of those people. At the mere mention of his name, a smile broaden…

  • By Fran Marler, Contributing writer
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What do you do when the chill in the air becomes daunting, the urge to shiver is instantaneous and the sky is a heavy gray blanket? Some head straight to the couch and hibernation. Others kick off the covers and seek some adventure.

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How Surfline impacts the world of surfing with hyper-local forecasting.

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To fish alone or hire a guide, that is the question.

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A fisherwoman’s desire to help cancer patients lives on in the Alice Kelly Memorial Ladies Only Billfish Tournament.

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Diversify your workout by taking it to the water with SUP yoga

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Father/son fishing duo Jim and Jimmie Horning prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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At ESA contests, surfers from Maine to Florida hit the water with their talents.

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Lifeguard camps for kids in Kill Devil Hills and Corolla are a growing success.

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The love of windsurfing is alive and well.

  • By Fran Marler Contributing writer
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Ashley Linnekin and the art of shaping Crashley Surfboards

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The centuries-old tradition of guiding duck hunts is alive and well on the Outer Banks.

  • By Jeff Hampton Staff writer, The Virginian-Pilot
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3-D imaging and printing are a helpful resource for documenting shipwrecks

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A family of seasoned mountain campers discovers seaside camping on Portsmouth Island.

  • By Michelle Wagner Contributing writer
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Marc Corbett is dedicated to discovering and documenting Outer Banks shipwrecks, and he’s sharing his findings at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum this week.

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Curtis Cromwell creates the Outer Banks’ only locally shaped skimboards.

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Paddling the tea-colored creeks and canals of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge feels a world away from the beach.

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A surfer for five decades, Tony Gray doesn’t let age get in the way of riding waves.

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Children gain more than sailing skills in the Outer Banks Community Youth Sailing Program.

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For 45 years, the free Fritz Boyden Memorial Youth Tournament has helped kids experience the thrill of fishing.

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World-famous diver Jim Bunch of Kill Devil Hills will speak at Underwater Symposium

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Standing on nearly any shoreline on a decent beach day, you will see evidence that stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has become the latest craze in the watersport industry. You’ll see people on SUPs doing everything from paddling flat water to surfing ocean waves to fishing.