Of course, you don't have to be a surfer to enjoy the show, and the public is welcome to attend, spread out a beach blanket, and watch the East Coat's most talented surfers perform in some of the best surf conditions in the country. For a little on-the beach entertainment, or to watch your favorite local or regional surfers compete against the greats, make plans to hit the beach during the annual ESAs.

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

The Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station is one of Rodanthe's greatest treasures. This historical lifesaving station has been a popular attraction for Hatteras Island visitors for decades, and stands on the very edge of the small town of Rodanthe. Over the years, this station has been battered by hurricanes, ocean and soundside flooding, and ferocious gusts of winds, and yet it is still standing, and serves as a proud reminder of Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks' rich lifesaving history.