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Nor’ Banks Sailing & Watersports beautiful location and top-of-the-line equipment, together with a friendly and professional staff make it one of the premier water sports centers on the Outer Banks. Nor’ Banks sound front location has a huge grassy lawn, restrooms, showers, a 200 foot pier and plenty of room for you to spend the day.

Since 1979 Nor’ Banks has been one of the finest sailing operations on the East Coast offering Flying Scots, Hobie Cats and quality private sailing instruction for all ages. Their custom private lessons are excellent for sailors looking to brush up on their skills, those new to the sport and for families that want to share time on the water together.

Parasailers take to the sky - Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

Nor’ Banks has continued to expand over the years and now offers one of the most complete water sports centers on the Outer Banks. This is truly one-stop shopping for water sports! Nor’ Banks boasts new equipment every year and a strong commitment to your fun and safety.

A couple jet skiing with Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

You can rent the latest WaveRunners from Yamaha or explore a giant labyrinth of marsh islands and cruise the secluded shores of Dew’s Island in search of wild Spanish mustangs on an epic WaveRunner Tour.

Three riders enjoying their tubing ride with Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

Captain James and crew are back aboard Icarus II, Nor’ Banks’ big yellow parasail boat, and Captains Ken and Sean are guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of participants and spectators alike on their private wake boarding, waterskiing and tubing charters.

Stand Up Paddleboarding with Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) has become one of the most popular and fastest growing water sports in the country and Nor’Banks is a great place to paddle. With shallow, warm water and a sandy bottom, their location is an ideal spot to learn. Nor’ Banks offers SUP rentals and clinics, as well as double and single kayaks rentals as well as the new Hobie Mirage Eclipse SUP and Mirage Drive kayaks. New for 2017, Nor’ Banks even has high-end fiberglass and epoxy surfboard rentals.

A pontoon boat from Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

For larger groups looking to get out on the water together, Nor’ Banks offers pontoon rentals for up to sixteen people, or you can combine a pontoon rental with a tubing charter for their Deluxe Watersports Adventure for up to 20 passengers.

An aerial shot of Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports

A Watersports Business Like No Other

Nor’Banks Sailing opened in 1979 with just a few sailing skiffs. They added Hobie Cats and kayaks in the ‘80s, and the ‘90s brought Jet Skis and parasailing. Since then, Nor’Banks has continued to add new activities and equipment every season, including tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, pontoon boats, catamaran cruises, Jet Ski tours and stand-up paddleboard (SUP) rentals and clinics.

In 2018, a site-wide renovation brought Nor’Banks to new heights. Complete with a 2,000-square foot reservation center, surf shop and a great restaurant onsite, Nor’Banks has truly become a one-stop destination for the best activities, shopping and dining on The Outer Banks. While much has changed through the years, Nor’Banks has maintained its character as well as its dedication to offering great service and quality equipment in a fun and safe environment.

Teaching sailing on the Outer Banks since 1979, their experienced and professional staff of sailing instructors, an excellent fleet of sailboats, warm shallow waters and steady breezes combine to make Nor’Banks a perfect place to sail.

In 2019, Nor’Banks teamed up with East Coast Sailboats to offer luxury catamaran cruises for up to 18 passengers aboard Surfer Girl, a custom Maine Cat 38.
Since opening their doors over 40 years ago, Nor’Banks has become the largest watersports center on the northern Outer Banks.

While Nor’Banks has grown, they still operate like a small business with owner, Dan McIsaac, on-site nearly every day (maybe even captaining your boat or teaching your sailing lesson!) and a fun-loving crew that returns year after year.

Whether you’re looking for the best pontoon boat rentals on the Currituck Sound, an epic Jet Ski tour or an incredible parasailing experience, be sure to check out Nor’Banks Sailing and Watersports for all your favorite rentals and activities!

—By Arielle Patterson

Use Nor’Banks online reservations systems to book any activity. Book a sailing lesson, SUP, WaveRunner, parasailing and more quickly and easily online at www.norbanks.com.