By Daryl Law/Correspondent
Do a sun salutation, see a surfer ripping a wave or get sandy running a 5K this summer at Jennette’s Pier! The iconic Nags Head fishing pier hosts numerous community events on its south beach.
Things are heating up this July along with the summer sun. Throughout the month, Jennette’s will host free Beach Yoga sessions on Thursdays at 8 a.m. Sponsored by our partner, Outer Banks Hospital, you can come out and enjoy this special opportunity with a seasoned, local instructor.
Mid-month, the OBX Skim Jam brings talent and activity to the beach surrounding Jennette’s for a weekend-long event. On July 17-18, athletes show off their agility as they skim over the surf before banking off a wave, only to repeat this fast-paced, swishing motion again.
Skim boarding has developed significantly over the years, and the Skim Jam is the place to see riders showcasing some of the newest and most radical tricks.
Another set of elite athletes rolls into town in time for Labor Day weekend. Mark your calendars for the WRV OBX Pro surf contest, Sept. 1-6.
Presented by Pacifico, the WRV OBX Pro surf contest features the WRV Model Team and product demos on the beach. Come see some of the world’s top surfers shred the waves. Killer surf skills, plenty of beach activities, including product demos from Catch Surf, and even a WRV pop-up shop make this event one not to miss. Shop for commemorative t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, trucker hats, straw hats, event posters and other swag. Surf-wear experts will be onsite to assist, along with members of the model team. Organizer L.G. Shaw says everyone’s ready “to have some fun!” as Pacifico plans to provide samples for of-age attendees and work is underway to ready a live broadcast feed for event week.
Another exciting contest unfolds just weeks later when the best amateurs from Eastern Surfing Association take to the local beaches to try their luck wave riding.
The Eastern championships take place Sept. 19-25. From surfing’s “Menehunes” to the Legends and everyone in between, these dedicated surfers compete in local district contests for one year to qualify for this championship.
So come on down, hit the beach and watch these athletes go head-to-head for bragging rights and trophies.
Jennette’s Pier, the place to be in Nags Head.
For details and event updates, visit ncaquariums.com/jennettes-pier-special-events.