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We make new riders every day! We are located in Cape Hatteras, NC and ship gear all over the world. Our Cape Hatteras "aqauplex" features our Flagship Store, Watermen's Bar and Grill, Watermen's Retreat and the REAL Lesson Center.
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25706 NC 12 Hwy, Waves, Hatteras Island, NC 27982
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Reviewed 27 September 2018

Fantastic facility and the instructors had me up riding in no time. Very knowledgeable in all of their products. More importantly they stand behind what they sell. I had an issue with some gear, no fault of REAL, but a manufacturer issue. REAL stepped up...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Johnny V
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

Our family was in town for vacation and we wanted to rent some jet skis. REAL was very close to our house, so we thought we’d give them a try. We weren’t disappointed. Everyone in the shop and rental area was very nice. Eric was...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

Saw them on the Internet. Great appearance. Was really bummed I could not find a suite in their hotel for the time-frame I needed. These looked really great! Good thing the reservation did not work out ... On my first day in the area I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Moni-SD1
JakeS2492, Manager at REAL Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2018

Moni, we appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us, and we really wish you would've stuck around for a lesson to get to know our awesome team a bit better. We pride ourselves on our friendly customer service, and our mantra of "we make new...More

Reviewed 23 August 2018

Today I had my very first kiteboarding lesson with coach Chris Shenton and it was incredible! Chris is a super professional and experienced coach. His teaching technique is easy to understand as a beginner and I was able to understand how the kite works. I...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Goda361
Jake S, Marketing Manager at REAL Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2018

Thank you for your review Goda361, we are so glad you had an epic lesson with Chris. Our coaching staff is amazing and we look forward to your next session.

Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Great selection of clothing and beach apparel! They sell water sports items also. Shoes, sandals and Yeti.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Maria M
Reviewed 3 August 2018

I recently enjoyed learning kiteboarding basics step by step with Esben in three days of Zero to Hero Camp at REAL Watersports in Waves, NC. Esben was consistently encouraging and went at a pace that worked for me as a 68 year old. A couple...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank theiskell
Reviewed 28 July 2018

Love coming here with my family. The community is extremely family friendly and pets seem welcome, as well. There are lots of clothing lines and kitesurfing gear in the store. There's a rental office for kitesurfing equipment and the best skilled kitesurfing instructors you'd want...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank PCmom98
Reviewed 26 May 2018

my third time to Real having been to over a dozen other kite schools around the world, and Real continues to deliver better than the rest. The service is fantastic: proactive and with a smile, always trying to exceed expectations. The instructors are fun, knowledgeable...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Charles-FM-1968
Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

It was our third visit to Real and we had another awesome time! My instructor Eric Braojos got me up and kiteboarding and was fun and full of good tips - a great instructor!

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank louisasmith23
Reviewed 16 April 2018

We've been going to Hatteras since 1992 for windsurfing, and now kiting. Our son did 'Zero to Hero' at REAL as a high school graduation present and did great. With the help of good instructors and individualized teaching, he was going upwind by Day 3....More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank David H
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