Raised near the beach, Brent had always been surrounded by water. Sailing, skateboarding, surfing and fishing were his passions and they kept him near the ocean. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication Arts & Design. Although attending college and working in Richmond as an art director kept him away from the ocean for a few years, surfing brought him and his wife back to the Outer Banks. Brent now happily lives in Kill Devil Hills with his wife and 3 daughters and surfs as much as possible. By day, Brent runs a Graphic Design business (BN Design & Advertising) for over 20 years. At night, you can find Brent and his band "SOULone" at various live entertainment venues up and down the beach where he plays gigs regularly on the Outer Banks. He is also a board member (14+ years) of the Surfrider Foundation, Outer Banks Chapter.
At OBXsurfinfo, we strive to bring you the most local and reliable surf and wind reports. We carefully teamed up with business and surf shop owners spanning from Corolla to Ocracoke who live and breath on the Outer Banks to deliver not only the surf report, but important information that can’t be generated by a computer. This “toes-in-the-sand” approach is what our team delivers on a daily basis. Below is a listing of our team. If you’re in the area, please stop by their shop and say hi!
Jamie grew up on the East Coast, attending school in VB and eventually college in the mountains of VA. Surfing having struck early keeping most addresses oceanside. With considerable water time logged at home and in the Outer Banks the lure of West Coast adventure kicked in leading to countless cross country road trips and soon a 5 year residence in Southern California in search of the many California point breaks scattering the coast. Now happily tap-rooted to the Outer Banks, days are spent with his family, the humbling study of finding the next swell and hopefully a surf or two.
Dr. Jeff Hanson is a Research Oceanographer with 30 years experience in studying ocean waves. He recently retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility in Duck, NC and is owner of WaveForce Technologies, a wave consulting company for ocean science and industry. He received is PhD in Physical Oceanography (ocean waves) from Johns Hopkins University in 1997. Dr. Hanson moved with his family to the Outer Banks just after Hurricane Isabel in 2003. Since arriving here he has worked extensively with the Army Corps, National Weather Service, FEMA, and the University of North Carolina to develop improved wave observation and forecasting capabilities for the Outer Banks. He loves to play in the water, including boating, fishing, kayaking, diving, spear fishing and of course riding waves. Oh yeah, his friends and co-workers call him WaveMan…
Phil started surfing in Ocean City Maryland in 1999, and was instantly hooked. He grew up making the trip down to the OBX originally for fishing, but after 99' surfing as well. In 2005 he made Carova his home base on the northern beaches of Corolla. Phil attended Colgate University where he studied geology spending his summers as a seasonal employee at Corolla Surf Shop, with various restaurant side jobs. After graduating, and a short stint in D.C as a geoengineer, Phil moved back to Corolla full time. He has traveled and surfed up and down the East Coast, and areas including Indo, Central America, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Phil owns Corolla Surf Shop along with his two brothers Jack, and Luke, who are both avid surfers.
Megan Lambert is a longtime surfer and local resident in Nags Head. She and her husband own Booty Treats -- a go-to spot to get your ice cream/milk shake fix after a long surf.
Bob and his wife Jane are the owners of Ride The Wind Surf Shop on Ocracoke Island. They’ve raised two sons on Ocracoke and the surf shop life, both of them currently off in college. When he’s not at the shop, Bob spends his time surfing and pulling for his alma mater, NC State.
Jared Jennings is a local surfer from Kitty Hawk, NC currently residing in Kill Devil Hills while running his surf school, "Smileys Surf Co". While he is not surfing or teaching people to surf you can find him at the local skate park, fishing, paddle boarding or anything around the water! Jared spends most his winters traveling and has traveled through most of Central America, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, along with other parts of the Caribbean! But when the surf is pumping on the outer banks, you know right where he'll be!
Most know Jared from his long stint at Duck Village Outfitters where he got the nickname "J-Rad". Two years ago he decide to go forth and start his own surf school "Smileys Surf Co". You can still find him teaching lessons for DVO or one of the instructors at Ocean Atlantic Rentals in Duck. For sure check him out and as J-Rad would say "stay smiling my friends! "