• Wednesday, December 31st

Windsurfing fans will want to plan a trip to Hatteras Island in mid-September for the annual Hatteras Wave Jam, a fantastic event that includes both the sport's best windsurfers as well as newcomers who just want to spend a day enjoying the Atlantic waves.

The Hatteras Wave Jam originated as a grassroots event that encouraged local windsurfers to celebrate for a couple days on the open ocean, and simply enjoy the ride. Local windsurfing companies sponsored the event, and over time, the event attracted top windsurfers from all over the world.

Today, the event features fun-filled days of riding the waves in between Avon and Buxton, and is capped off with nightly activities and celebrations. Laid back but exceptionally fun, the Wave Jam has become an invitation to windsurfers from across the globe to come to Hatteras Island and enjoy the fantastic open waters. The event generally lasts around 5 days, and is an informal gathering. Participants can choose to attend a single day, the entire event, or just sit on the beach and enjoy the show. In recent years, some of the biggest names in the sport have even made appearances, so be prepared to ride along windsurfing's best in an easy-going, competition free environment.

For windsurfers who just want to enjoy the water with their friends and colleagues, or mid-September visitors who want to catch a spectacular display over the ocean, Wave Jam is a fantastically fun event that promises everyone a great time, and an even better ride.

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Welcome to the home of the happy oyster where for over 35 years the oyster has been our world. The Outer Banks only authentic oyster bar is the place to enjoy sensational fare from the sea washed down with your favorite brew or cocktail. We serve by the peck, pound, and dozen, raw or steamed to perfection. Kicked back casual, down to earth friendly staff, and reasonable prices make Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar the all-time favorite of locals and travelers alike.

The idea wasn’t to set out and establish a new concept restaurant on the Outer Banks, but that’s exactly what Awful Arthur’s owner Jo Whitehead and her late husband, Jay, accomplished more than 35 years ago when they opened the area’s first authentic oyster bar.


Awful Arthur’s opened in May 1984 on the Outer Banks. “We embraced the concept of an authentic copper top bar with the idea of it being a major drawing card and it still is,” explains Whitehead. “I get oysters wherever they are local. We follow the warm waters.” 


Just across from the ocean, in Kill Devil Hills, oyster season is year-round at Awful Arthur’s. Diners can take a seat at the copper-topped bar to observe the staff shucking oysters, served raw or steamed, along with shrimp, crab legs and clams all steamed to perfection. 


It’s not just the raw bar that’s earned Awful Arthur’s both local and national recognition, including being named one of America’s greatest oyster bars by Coastal Living magazine. The restaurant is a seafood-lover’s paradise, offering the freshest catches available.