Dearest customers, friends, neighbors, industry partners, and everyone else out there in the world,
Andy McKinney here, owner of Wind-NC. I am very excited to share some big news with you:
In the Fall of 2016, we have closed our beloved Avon store location, and will be continuing forward primarily as an internet based operation with our most excellent website: Wind-NC.com!
My wife and I have been talking about moving closer to family for a few years now, and for a number of reasons, we suddenly realized that now is the time to go. So while this may seem sudden (and it surely is), it has actually been in the back of our minds for quite a while now.
I feel like I need to be crystal clear here, so as to quell the "Negative Nancys" of the world: Our decision is based solely on the needs of our family, and in no way whatsoever does it have to do with the performance of our Avon store, or the general health of the windsurf and SUP industries. Business has been kicking along quite nicely over the last few years, with 2016 actually being a record year for us.
So it is a bittersweet change- We will definitely miss living in Cape Hatteras, and seeing all of our great customers every windy weekend. And while it is a bit sad to walk away from the store front, it is at the same time liberating, exciting, and will open up lots of opportunities to travel and sail in other hot spots around the northeast (possibly with a giant trailer full of demo gear for y'all to try on your home turf).
For those of you who were not aware, we shared the building with our partners at Hatteras Island Boardsports. They will remain open in the same location, so you can still rent a surfboard or SUP, and pick up a sweet new t-shirt or wetsuit while you're in town. HIB will even have a Wind-NC order pickup area, so if you're planning a trip to Hatteras and want to have your new gear ready and waiting for you, it will be easy peasy- just give us about two week's notice and we'll make it happen!
And fear not, loyal customers: We are happy to continue serving your windsurf equipment needs via our website, providing all of the exceptional goodies you love, with quick shipping and no additional state taxes (unless you happen to live in Vermont, our new home base). We’ll be no further than an email, phone call, or facetime/skype conversation away if you have any questions about the gear. As always, we look forward to serving your equipment needs with our exceptional customer service and broad depth of product knowledge.
Thanks for all of your patronage over the years at our shop here in Hatteras! We look forward to hearing from you, and seeing you on the water in the years to come!