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Experience more adventure, fun, and style with Kitty Hawk Surf Company. As the trusted Outer Banks retailer for all top surf and lifestyle brands, including, Hurley, Billabong, RVCA, The North Face, Patagonia, Salt Life, Salty Crew, Volcom, O’Neill, Roxy, Ray-Ban, Oakley, Hobie, Catch Surf, Under Armour, Reef, Rainbow and more, you will always find the latest fashions and trends available in store. Our unmatched quality and service makes us a favorite for locals and visitors alike, and our easy to shop layout allows you to find your next purchase a breeze.

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Kitty Hawk Surf Company has been offering premium quality brands and superior customer service and surf brand and watersports knowledge throughout the Outer Banks. The excitement doesn’t end in shopping either. Kitty Hawk Surf Company in Nags Head also offers Stanley, the bucking mechanical shark! Can you stay on through Cowboy mode?! Stop in to rent a surf board, stand up paddle board, kayak, bike or body board to carry the fun into the water. Our knowledgeable staff will help to outfit you with the brand new shred sled, boards, kayaks or Hobie to make it an unforgettable trip! Visit khsurf.com to learn more about our brand offerings, events, and for your nearest location to be the best dressed and for the best gear on the beach!

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Top Brands in Water Sports Equipment and Rentals on the Outer Banks!

Looking to spend your time in the water on a new, used or rental board? Search no further than Kitty Hawk Surf Company. We have the largest selection of new, used and rental boards on the beach and experts on staff to guide you through your purchase or rental. Kitty Hawk Surf Co is also your headquarters for accessories, including wax, leashes, paddles, life jackets, Sun Bum sunscreen and so much more! Don’t miss the excellent collection of Penny Boards, long boards, Hobies and water safety equipment.

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T-Shirts, Footwear, Jewelry, and More!

Shopping for the perfect gift? Kitty Hawk Surf Company features one of the largest selections of surf apparel, jewelry, footwear, backpacks, headwear, accessories, gifts and more from brands such as Hurley, Herschel, O’Neill, RVCA, Roxy, Patagonia, The North Face, Salt Life, Fish Hippie and more. Looking for quality footwear? Kitty Hawk Surf Company carries a wide selection of leading brands such as Sanuk, Rainbow, Olukai, and more.

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Nags Head
*Off-season hours may vary*
Call 252-453-4999 for current hours.
  • Monday8:00am-10:30pm
  • Tuesday8:00am-10:30pm
  • Wednesday8:00am-10:30pm
  • Thursday8:00am-10:30pm
  • Friday8:00am-10:30pm
  • Saturday8:00am-10:30pm
  • Sunday8:00am-10:30pm
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.