Hurricane Irene Relief

Help families and communities in need in the Outer Banks

| posted on September 19, 2011

Roads and beaches simply washed away on Cape Hatteras Island under the powerful hurricane winds and rain. Photo: Lusk

According to the New York Times, Hurricane Irene is likely to be one of the most costly natural disasters in U.S. history, with an estimated total of somewhere between $7 to $10 billion in damage. And because flooding, not wind, caused most of the destruction, it’s likely insurance companies will not cover a good portion of the cost.

One of the areas hardest hit, and of particular interest to surfers, were North Carolina’s Outer Banks, where bridges and roadways were washed out, leaving whole communities cut off. Families in several towns in the Outer Banks have also lost homes, all of their possessions, and the prospect of future income because the storm damaged infrastructure vital to the area’s tourist industry.

Multiple fundraisers are currently being organized, including one spearheaded by Kitty Hawk surfer Noah Snyder. Scheduled to take place at The Outer Banks Boarding Company on October 15, the event will feature food from local vendors, live music, and an auction held in conjunction with the Liberty Christian Fellowship featuring merchandise from Hurley, Patagonia, WRV, and SURFER, among others. All proceeds from that event will be donated directly to either the Liberty Christian Hurricane Benevolence Fund or families in need in the Outer Banks.

If you can’t make it to the auction, but would like to help, you can donate anything from food to clothing to your services at The Really, Really Free Market in the Safeway Plaza in Salvo. Or you can click the links below to learn how to donate to the various relief funds dedicated to helping those in need in the wake of this storm.

Atlantic Surfing Federation

Interfaith Community Outreach

Operation Blessing

The Salvation Army

  • joel kona ostrow

    our friends up there got hurt hard….that place so special…what great water people…like the old conch floks in the keys…very special place and more important the people… and friends, our prayer are always with you!!!!

  • James

    Our Outerbanks are our first line of defense against severe weather. This could have been avoided.

  • Cody

    Wait James, what could have been avoided?

  • Rob Beedie

    Great article and it really is an opportunity for surfers to rally behind this most important community effort.

    The Surfing Industry alone has a major stake in the well being of their customers.

    It is awesome to see the many names on the list in this article willing to help many of my dear friends – Hatteras Island residents.

    Oh, how I love Hatteras.

    You can make a difference – get involved today.


    Rob Beedie, GSN
    Global Surf Network

  • Janet

    The Really Really Free Market is located at the St. Waves Plaza in Salvo. Thanks so much for all your help we apprecaite it greatly!

  • Joshua Constantine

    I grew up learning to surf in the from Fresco to the Chesapeake Bay. Being a little grom. I would rally up money for gas and skip school to go surf. I did it so much I skipped right out of school. I later took surfing to Folley Island SC, East Coast Fl, Secret Winter Spots Gulf Coast. Now reside in South Cali after the oil spill dumped on my beach and exposure made me sick. One thing I boast about here is learning to surf over in OBX to VB. Always a place in my heart there.

    But one thing my drop out jacka_ _ has learned growing up in Hurricane Alley is dont build anything permanent on a barrier Island of Sand, Whether your in NC, FL., SC, GA,VA (example 7.3-mile (11.7 km) long beach of Willoughby Spit Made by a hurricane in the early 1600’s, If a Storm can Make it It can Take it . It is time for people to start looking for new places to live inside the sound, The Natives in Alaska face the same dilemma……..I Pray for yall a speedy recovery, and take care of your elders first they need your help the most…….B and L

  • Joshua Constantine

    Look at that Left on the south side of that breach. Looks like a good couple hundred yards from this angle.

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