They have become a huge tourist draw, and well, my family wanted to see what it was all about. Following will be a bit of what we saw and experienced.
First up, this area can be accessed during a day's drive from much of the east coast, as it is pretty centrally located. You leave in the morning and arrive around dinner. And if you are staying near Kitty hawk, a good stop for dinner is the Slice Pizzeria.
So, you finish dinner, and have a bit of time to hit the beach. For our trip there was an upwelling of cold water, temps in the low 60's, but still could play in the water as the air temps were so high.
But how about a way to play without much getting wet! The surf was 2-3 feet, and this guy had figured out a way to wakeboard from shore and surf the beach break back. Never getting wet over the knees, but he was good.