Friday, July 31st, 2009
Big thanks to FOX for can coozies and styling out DJ Styles with the sweet threads! It was one of the biggest and best Mug Nights of the summer and we have some great photos for you to check out.
And if you know any teens, let them know that FOX has TONS of cool stuff to flow for Teen Night tomorrow, Friday, July 31st!
Wanna know more about FOX? www.foxhead.com
Fox Head Blowups... the hot new keepsake at The Pit!
Thursday, July 16th, 2009
Check out SOJA’s New Music Video “I Dont Wanna Wait”:
Remember how great that show was!?
Don’t forget that the AMAZING opening band that night is playing The Pit as the headliner on August 1st! And the tickets are only $5!!! See you there!
Monday, July 13th, 2009
Everyone rocks an iPod, iPhone, or an mp3 player. And everyone knows that plain ol’ comes-with-the-gadget headphones just won’t do. The Pit Surf Shop knows it, too, and we are ready to keep your music sounding cherry, and you looking good. Scullcandy headphones, earbuds, and accessories… Now at The Pit. Come on in and check out the sweet selection at the front counter. And tell Steve, “I saw it on The Pit website!”
Time for some new headphones at The Pit!
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
If you ever wondered how The Pit came to be what it is today, you will enjoy this short history of The Pit.
The Pit is the collective brain child of Ben and Steve, two guys who wanted to make a living AND live at the beach (and surf all day). The two got hooked on the Outer Banks lifestyle while waiting tables to pay for college. Once school was over, each felt the need to chase careers related to their respective fields of study; Graphic Design for Ben and Marketing for Steve. Their quests led to pursuits as far away as Los Angeles and Jamaica, but each yearned for the good ol’ days in sunny Nags Head.
One fine autumn day in 1993, the two were reunited as groomsmen in a friend’s wedding. During that weekend, an idea was hatched…. An idea that was, they agreed, so crazy, it just might work. And The Pit was born.
In the spring of 1994, with a handful of used boards and a few t-shirts, the crazed entrepreneurs threw open the doors of a little shack on the beach road and made a go of it. For the first three years, the store expanded a little each season, while standing by the concept that a surf shop should be a place to hangout, and should be friendly and unintimidating.
In the fall of 1996, The Pit made like a hermit crab, and moved into an old log cabin on the bypass road, three times the size of its beach shack. A shoestring renovation turned this hole of an eyesore into a whole new Pit. By the summer of ’97, live entertainment, dance DJs, and light munchies made the place a true gathering place complete with a pool table and footsball game. Although the new place was bigger, it too, soon felt like a tight fit. Bands squeezed into the tiny dining room upstairs, and the surf shop struggled with 9 foot long boards in the ground floor retail space sporting claustrophobic 7’2″ ceiling heights.
In the spring of 1999 the pair converted the “surf theater” into a very cozy kitchen, and unveiled a progressive menu of California style wraps and quesadillas. But the best was yet to come. Less than a year later, during the winter of 1999-2000, the dynamic duo delved into two monumental projects simultaneously: building the dream 3000+ square foot surf shop, and morphing those low ceilings into venue sized 12′ ceilings.
A big loan from the SBA came late in the winter, and the race was on to beat the clock and get all this done before the summer season. With the help of a house moving company, the log cabin was cut from its pilings, rested on giant I-beams and jacked into the air. When she came back down, it was onto piling extensions achieving the new 12′ ceiling height. Across the parking lot, the new building had its own set of challenges. Although its humble beginnings were as Ben’s napkin sketches years earlier, the finished technical plans faced a tight budget and an even tighter time-line.
Although the surf shop didn’t open until August, the additions and renovations represented a dream realized. That dream that seemed so crazy, just might be working.
Today, The Pit Shop & Boardriders’ Grill is what the founders like to call, “All that… and a bag of chips!” From the huge array of surfboards and the “store within a store” called Skim City, to rentals and lessons, The Pit makes more dreams come true, for more people, all the time. And as for hanging out, the ever-evolving, world-class casual cuisine in the surf themed log cabin is continually complimented by recording artists drawn to playing the area’s premier venue for original live entertainment, down in the bottom of The Pit.
Whether you wanna look good or learn to catch a wave, this is your place. You wanna kick back with your crew, meet people, fill your belly, or catch a show, this is your place. We are truly living a dream. Our place IS your place. We are stoked to share it all with you.
If you haven’t been here yet, we look forward to meeting you.
If you have, thanks for helping us support our habit, surfing and life – Outer Banks style.
See you in the water,
Ben, Steve, & the Pit Crew
Monday, July 6th, 2009
Thanks for clicking this link. The FOAM PARTY was insane! Great time had by all. And we have posted pix to prove it! DJ Alex Sardis was in the zone keeping the crowd jumping up and down all night! I have also posted some pix from the party at facebook.com/pitben if you want to tag yourself and your friends! You can also comment on all the pix on our Flickr site, flickr.com/pitobx Thanks for having so much fun with us last night! I know the afterparties were great as well. Wish I coulda been there, too! Somebody’s gotta work though, so, see ya next week!
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
As of today, pitsurf.com can now accept COMMENTS!!!! So here is something for all you PIT people out there to comment on…. Did Steve land this insane looking air? Click this link to the PHOTO of STEVE, then come back here and weigh in on whether he stuck the landing! Either way, it is a really cool shot worth checking out. Thanks for all the compliments on our newly redesigned site. We are really stoked on it, too!
Finally mastered the art of allowing comments!
So, NOW, you can comment away! Did Steve-O make like a falling feline and land this big drop on his paws?
Here is a smaller version of the photo. (The link above will get you to the BIG version)
Does he make the drop? Stick the landing? You decide!