About Us

Hatteras Island Boardsports is the result of a lifelong obsession with the Outer Banks of North Carolina and specifically the village of Avon on Hatteras Island. We have been coming to Avon our entire lives for family vacations and have been pounded in the Hatteras surf since we learned to swim. We discovered early on that this quiet strip of beach is where we belonged and, although we left for college and other jobs, we always found our way back & now we’ve got a good reason to stay! We’ve designed our surf shop to share our love for the area with both locals and tourists, so whether you are a seasoned local or a leisurely summer visitor, we’ll have what you need to get the most out of Avon and Hatteras Island. Contact us with your comments or to make a reservation. Welcome to Avon!

Kevin & Debra Scalia

Owners

Kevin's grandfather built a house in Avon in the early 70's, so although Kevin was born and raised in Virginia, he spent all of his free time at his grandfather's beach house bodyboarding, surfing, and developing a love and appreciation for all things Hatteras. After many summers in Avon, he moved here full-time in 2000. Debbie is originally from Ohio, but is proof of the draw that Hatteras Island has on people from all over. Her parents made Hatteras their annual family vacation when she was young, so once she was out of college, she headed straight for the beach.

Kevin & Debbie married in 2003 and raise their two kids here on Hatteras Island.

Nita Wage

Retail Buyer, Website Operations

Nita was born and raised on Hatteras Island. In 2016, she moved to Wilmington, NC for 4 years to pursue her degree in business management and leadership at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, but continued to do the Women's buying for the shop while in school. She recently graduated in December of 2020, and after moving back to the Outer Banks, took over all retail buying for the store. Nita spends her free time searching for treasures on the beach, fishing, reading, and spending time with her dog, Ozzy.

Jake Throne

Skate/Surf Buyer, Surf Instructor

Strengths: Eating hot pockets right out of the microwave.

Weakness: Listens to the Smiths too much.

Jake was born in Kinnakeet and raised by crab people. When he's not trying to convince our boss, Kevin, not to fire him, he enjoys surfing, making his famous "Mad Sauced", and making art that a 3rd grader would be ashamed of.

Josh Thuman

Surf Instructor & Sales

Born in Maryland, Josh spends his entire summers in Avon surfing with his family. You might recognize his family driving their yellow military truck full of surfboards down highway 12 in the summer. Josh has been helping out in the shop since he was 15, and started teaching surf lessons as soon as he turned 18.

Ryan Albaugh

Surf Instructor


We've known Ryan since he was in the Cape Hatteras Middle School.  He and his buddies terrorized us all summer long. Ryan is a great surfer, skimboarder, & fisherman - an all around waterman. He has some impressive artistic skills as well. Ryan has been teaching lessons for us for over 10 years.

Chris Ogorman

Surf Instructor

Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Chris has been charging the waves in Hatteras since he was a kid.  He has been calling Hatteras Island his home for over 10 years now.  Chris's calm and easy going attitude as well as his local knowledge make him a great instructor. 

Morgan O'Connell

Surf Instructor

Morgan has been surfing for over 25 years. He grew up surfing the Outer Banks and has travelled around the world in search of good waves. His extensive experience and knowledge of the water makes him a great surf instructor for beginner to intermediate surfers who want to benefit from coaching.