Paddle out ceremony set to honor Delbert Melton

By on August 17, 2023

Local legend and surfing icon passed in March

(Photo credit: Tom Dugan for Eastern Surf Magazine)

A paddle out ceremony will be held to celebrate the life of Delbert Melton on Saturday, Sept. 16. Delbert, who passed away this year on March 15, was a local surf legend who was known for his counter-culture lifestyle and for teaching kids across the Outer Banks how to surf.

As the Voice reported when he passed, Delbert was originally from Norfolk, VA, and played college football at Chowan University from 1971 to 1973. In his sophomore year, he earned All-Coastal Conference honors, All-Region X honors, and NCJAA All-America, Second Team honors. He had his pick of many four-year universities who were interested in him. He chose North Carolina State, but an injury ended his career there before it began.

Delbert moved to the Outer Banks in simpler times when his roughneck, non-conformist attitude and personality blended right into the fabric of the sandbar. It was a time when people like him came to the Outer Banks to escape.

The quintessential surfer, he quickly became an Outer Banks staple, known for encouraging his fellow surfers, coaching the “groms,” and holding court and spreading the stoke with anyone who would listen. His passing was met with heartfelt tributes across social media from professional surfers to former kids he taught to surf.

In a Facebook post after his death, Kill Devil Hills Mayor Ben Sproul wrote of Delbert—”Man. Myth. Legend.”

The event, which is being organized by Delbert’s friends and family, will be held at the Bonnett Street beach access in Nags Head from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Facebook page announcing the event declares: “Come out and celebrate the life of a local legend. Show up at 11 a.m. for a 12 p.m. paddle out. Afterwards, crack a beer and tell a story. (PS Please use surrounding accesses for overflow parking or, if necessary, Nags Head Elementary School. Do NOT park on the grass, bike path or median like Delbert would.)” Surfers or anyone with access to a board will paddle out and create a floating circle in the water a few yards from the shore to honor the life of an OBX original.

SEE ALSO: Every beach needs a Delbert

Delbert Earle Melton


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

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Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

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Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


Sussex Development is soliciting bids to turnkey supply and install FF&E for the new Tulls Creek Elementary School, 125 Campus Drive, Moyock, NC27929. This project is a new ground-up 2-story, Pre-K thru 5th grade school, approximately 118,000 square feet. Bid documents may be obtained through Christopher West Interiors LLC. Request bid documents via email to Pre-Bid RFIs will be accepted via email until Wednesday, July 31, 2024 at 5:00PM EST. Pricing proposals are due Wednesday, August 14, 2024 by 5:00PM EST. All bids and inquires to be sent to Certified NC Hub, MBE, WBE, DBE, SBE are highly encouraged to participate. Sussex Development is an EOE and maintains a drug-free workplace.


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