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Friday, February 4, 2011
Updated: February 14, 1:06 PM ET
Outer Banks Characters


Dallas Tolson is one of those quiet fellas, not quite the marquee name of some of his neighbors, but if he's in the water, you'll know who he is.

The Outer Banks is one of the most unique surf scenes in the world. Constantly exposed to the wind, swell, sun, or chill, it takes a certain kind of person to live there. The beach towns of Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, and Rodanthe have changed coniserably in the past few decades, but the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and more remote communities to the south are very much as they have been for generations.

You'd think a place this isolated would be full of rough characters and protective locals. Sure there are a few pirates still, but overall, they're just warm southerners (who happen to ride the barrel really well.)